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I. Tl;f iiitrntluctofV Sermon was delivered by Elder Knberf WcNabB.- 
fl-om Isaiah, 40ti) cliapier and 1st verse: *'Comiort ve, conit'oriye inj |)eo-« 
i)le,.saitli your God." * 

2^ The Association was called to order by the Moderator, Saniuet 
Miras, and was opened with praise and prayer by Ehler Fiancis I^awley. 

3. Appointed Brethren Melvin, Pitman and Williamson a Coinmitietf 
of Finance. ♦ 

4. Called for the Church Letters, read them, and enrolled tfieaiatnes 
of the Delegates. , 

5. Received 3 ne\#fy constituted Churches, viz,: Pleasant Plains, in Co- 
lumbus Countyj Union, in Cumberland County, and iiatem, in Horry Dis- 
trict, S. C. 

6. Elected the following Brethren the Officers of this Associa(i«in: Srrjpf' 
uel Minis, Moderator^ James McDaniel, Cleik^ and Jun»e& S. Slims, As- 
sistant Clerk. 

7. Invited visiting and Corresponding Brethren to a seat with lis. — 
Whereupon, Brethren R. McNybb, from i!u; fvo'-hen Association; C. 
Reaves, T. G. Rogers, A. Slnclifig and Doet. Hodges, (rom the Welsh 
Neck Association; F. Hawley, one of ihe General Agents of the .Sia'e 
Convention; and W.' Nowla'nd, Missionary of the American Hoine Mis^ 
sion Society, took seats. 

8. Appointed Brethren Melvin, Pitman, Williamson. VV. Giiffin, Jer- 
nigan, and G. Parker a committee to elect Preachers lor the stage during 
this meeting. 

9. Appointed Brethren Hawley, Davis and Hodges a committee fo in- 
quire the principles on which the various Temperance Societies in this 
Association are founded, and to report. 

10. Appointed Brethren McNabb, Melvin and Pitman a committee to 
suggest the method that will most probably be successful in securing larger 
contributions from the Churches, for Missionary purposes. 

II. Appointed Brethren James S. Minis, Hollingsworth and J. Stone a 
committee to examine Letters and Minutes of Corresponding Associations, 
and to report. 

12, Adjouroed- to Saturday jnorningj 10 o'clock. IVajer by Elder 



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SATURD.W MORNING. 

J3. Mft, and business opened with Prayer by Elder Avers. 
14. 'I'he proceedings otyesteF(hvy were read'. 
J.- 15. Called for the Circular Letter, wliicli, from some cause unknown 
^^*'^'* to ihe Association, was either not prepared, or was not presented.. 
< '■* 16. The comnrHtee on the in^lluxl to increase the fund^sof this Asf^cia- 

tifin, for Missionary purposes, reported j— Report accepted. See Letter 
' I ^A) of the Apfwtifiix. 
_^ IT. The coiniTiittee on the principles of the various Temperance Socle- 

' ties in the Associalioti, repc^fVed; — Report indefinitely postponed. 
yy. IS, On motion, agreed to have Booth's Vindication of the Baptists ap- 
■'' pf tided to these Minutes in the place of a Circular. 

19. Ordered that an abstract of the slate of Religion in this Association 
be appended to these Minutes. 

20. ApjMiinted Brother John Smith to prepare a Circular Letter for next 

21. Apfwlnted Delegates to the foTIowinn; Associafinns: To the Goshen, 
D. Thames and R. Melvin; to the Welsh Neck. W. Ayers and J. Pitman/ 
to the Pee Dee. in 1837, I>ennis Lennon and VN . Avers. 

22. On motion. Iff solved. That Brother Ayers be afr'ectionafely request- 
ed to itinerate within the bounds of this Association until oar next Hieetiog; 
—That he receive §144 for his services; — That the Churches be request- 
ed to contribute to his support, an(T tlvat, in the event of the Churches fail- 
ing to make up the above amount, we obligate ourselves to pav it to him. 

23. Agreed that the next sessitm of this Association beat Ashpule. Rob- 
pson County, N. C. on Friday before the 2d Lorc^s D.iy in October, 

: 1837. Elder Ayers to preach the Introduct'iry Sermon; Elder Lennon 
his alterniiie. Service to commence at 12 o'clock. 

. f.24. A(ip"inted Elder McDanfet to preach a Missi(»nary Sermon on 
Lord's Dav. at the next session of this Associniion. 

■ 25. On in^)tinn, Uesolced. That we solicit the Chr.rchealn this Assi»cia- 
Tiorr, fo lake into coo«i(bralion tlie expediency of paving our Delegates to 
Corresponding Associations; and. in the event of their beitig convinced 
»urh a proct-dure oa^ht fo be adopted, to enlarge their contributions to the 
Association FiituI'. 

26. T'he Bible cause was introduced to tlie consideration of the Aspocf- 
ation, an<f,. afte-r a few remarks In relalioir to it, a Bible St)ciely v/as form- 
ed. 

27. Appointed Samuel Mitns, James S. Mlms and James McDaniel a 
Commiiiet' of Arrangements. 

28. Adjou'rired to Monday morning, TO o'clock. Prayer by Elder Len- 
non, . r 

SABBATH MORNING. 

The services of the day were introduced by Elder Tliamas G. Rogers, 
from PhiUippians, 2d chapter and 5th verse: "Let this mind be in you 
whicli was also in Christ Jesus. "^ In consequence of the delicate health 
of E\(\'er James McDaniel, who was to have delivered the Missionary Ser- 
vwn, it was delivered next by Elder Francis Hftwley» from Psalms. 51st 
chapter, lilli and 13ih verses: *"'Ee8tore unto me the joys of thy salvaiitm. 



and uphold me with thy free spirit. Tlien will I te;irh transgressors thy 
ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Alter which, a collec- 
tion was taken up in aid of Missions. The conu;re;i;ation was then dismiss- 
ed for the space of 15 minutes, after svhich they were addressed by Elder 
Robert McNabb, from Matthew, 16th chapter and 17th verse: "iilessi-il 
art thou, Simon Bar-jona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto 
thee, but my Fatlter which is in Heaven." At the close of the discourse, 
an invitation was given to those who wished the Christians present to e.i},- 
gage in special prayer fur them, to come forward and present themselves 
before tiie slajje. Several came, and from the feeling manifested, we have 
reason to hope that much good will result from the meeting. 

MONDAY xMORNING. 

29. Met, and opened business with prayer by Elder Davis. 

30. The committee on the Letters and Minutes of Correspcmding Asso- 
ciations, reported; — Report accepted. See Letter (B) of the Appendix. 

31. Agreed that the (Merk have S15 for his services. 

32. Committee of Finance reported; — Report accepted. See Letter 
(C) of the Appendix. 

Beso/ved, That we recommend our beloved brother Nowland, Mission- 
ary of the American Home Mission Society, the pleasure of whose compa- 
ny we now have, to the kind and affectionate reception of the Churches iu 
this Association. 

33. Agreed that we have 600 copies of these Minutes printed and left 
at ihe Observer Office, in Fayetteville. 

In view of tlie l')w state of Religiim in this Association, Resolved, That 
we solemnly request every member of each Church to offer up ardent 
prayer to God for a revival, and that the time <if offering these prayers be — 
at the rising of the sun on ihe first Monday in every month, and that tITe 
Churches be earnestly requested to be punctual in the observance of tl^i*^ 
resolution. And furthermore, liesofved. That this Association observe 
(he Friday before the first Sunday in June next, as a day of Fasting and : 
Prayer, for a revival of Religion within its Churches. 

34. Ap|)oinled the Clerk Treasurer of the Association Funds. 

35. A|)pointed Brethren James McDaniel, Elias Davis, James S. Mims 
and RobcMt Melvin our Delegates to tlie State Coiivejition at its approach- 
ing session. 

36. Agreed that the monies in the Treasury for Missionary purposes be 
carried up to the Convention by ihe aforementioned Delegates. 

37. On motion. Resolved, 'Fhat the Churches in this Association give 
no countenance to R. Henderson as a preacher;— no, not so much as to 
hear him. 

Adjourned to time and place before named. Praise and prayer by El» 
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LETTER (A.) — JReport of the Committee on the method to increase the 
Missionary Funds of the Association. 

Tlie Committee to whom was referred the suggestion of the method most 
likely to be successful in procuring an increase of the funds for missionary 
purposes, in tl/is Association, after having duly coiisideriMl tlie subji'ct, beg 
leave to report, that in their opinion, the f'>lU)vving resolution should be a- 
dopted and acted up to: BesolvecU That each Delegate now present so- 
lemnly promise to use his endeavours with the Church to which he belongs, 
to interest them in the subject, and induce them to contribute liberally to the 
cause of Missions. 

ROBERT McNABB, Chairman. 

LETTER iJB-)— Report of Committee on the Minutes and Letters of 

Corresponding Jlssociations. 

The Committee on the Letters and Minutes of Corresponding Associa- 
iions, beg leave to present the following as the result of their inquiry: 

We have had neither Letter nor Messenger from the Pee Dee Associa- 
tion this year. Whether.or not she appointed Messengers to our Associa- 
tion, we cannot tell, as we have not had access to her Minutes. Nor can 
we say any thing of what she is doing, or of the present state of religion ia 
her churches. 

Fntm the Goshen Association, we are glad to see Elder McNabb as a 
Messenger, whom we welcome to a seat with us. By her Letter we leain 
that at her last session, ''peace, union and brotherly love abounded," — that 
the state of religion in most of her churches is not flourishing, but that in the 
great proportion of them, so far as she knew, "perfect peace and union pre- 
vails." In some two or three of her churches, there is at present, rather an 
unpleasant state of things, "owing principally" to the fact, that the "seeds 
of discord have been sown among them." In several others, there is ra- 
ther an encouraging prospect. From her Messenger, we learn that she has 
;mi Associational Missionary Society, and that at her last session, she en- 
raged the services of a Minister to travel and preach within her territory 
the ensuing year. 

We have had the pleasure of perusing the last Minutes of the Welch 
Neck Association, trod has been pleased tovisit some of her Churches 
with revivals. In this Association there are Education and Mission Boards, 
which employ three Missionaries- part of their time, to itinerate witlTin 
her own territory, and whose labours have been abundantly blessed. This 
Board also, attends t(» the support^ and superintends the studies of pious 
ytmng; men,, who, in the judgment of the Churches to which they belong, are 
calltd of God to tlvc Guepel ministry. 



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"VVe are happy to see Brother Chas. Reaves and Doct-r S. Hodges a"^ 
moiigus, as Messenc;ers from that Associatioi), whom we most cordially 
Welcome to a seat wiih us. 

JAiMES S. MliMS, Chairman. 

LETTER (C.) — Eeport of the Finandnl Committee. 

Your Commidee of Finance beg leave to submit the foIlowingReport, viz:- 
Received of ihe Churciies tliis year for A. Fund, - - g48 05 

Received for Foreign Missions^ - - - - - 26 59 

Received for Home Missions, - - - - -^ 22 25 

Collection on Sabbath, - - - - - - 26 421 

JESSE PITMAN, Chairman. ." 7 

£n Abstract of the State of lieligion in the Cope Fear Association. ' '^•' 

The Letters this year, are mere intelligencers of barrenness. Almost 
everyone tells the sad tale of prevalent cohlness. Such a general declen- 
I sion has not been known in this Association for several years. It is a me- 
I lancholy fact, that the various Societies are on the wane instead of increase. 
_^^^^^^,,Temperance Societies are dissolving, and Sunday Schools are falling m 
I several of the Churclies in which they have once been sustained vi\\\\ a be- 
I coming zeal. In a word, this Association evidently wears the habiliments 
I of a buck-slider. On her very forehead, is deeply engraven, in large and 
* legible characters, the God-provoking sin «)f ancient Laodicea. There is, 
however, one circumstance, or feature in her character, which it is charita- 
bly hoped, is the foreboding of a reformation. She seems to be coming to* 
' a little sense and knowledge of her infeticetous condition. Groans and 

sighs begin to burst forth from her, and she is beginning to cry, 
"Return, O, Holy Oove return.'' 
This session can boast of a much larger representation than for some 
years. Several Churches which have hitherto vi'ilhheld a representation, 
being under an r/n/imissionary influence, came Op this year, and bid fair 
to continue. Opposition to the bem?volent operations of the day, is giving 
way, w hile interest in them is on the increase. The Churches, for the mos? 
part, have the same Ministry which they had the last x\ssociational year,- 
Many of them are still without a Pastor &r a stated ministry. This desti- 
tution will, however, be to some extent remedied the ensuing year. The 
Association has employed Brother Wm. Ayers to itinerate and preach un- 
til the next session. Things seem to be assuming a more promising aspect 
than ihey have worn fiir souse lenglh of time. And it is fondly hoped that 
ere the Friday before the 2(1 Lord's Day in October, 1837, shall arrive, this^ 
Association will have returned from her backsliding, and the burthen of her 
song then be, *the Lord hath done great thinjrs for us, whereof we are glad.^ 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 
JAMES McDANIEL, Clerk. 



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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6. 

1. The Introductory Sermon was delivered by William Ayers, from Col. 
3d chap. 15th verse, "And be ye thankful." 

2. The Association was called to order by the Moderator, and D. 
Thames addressed a throne of grace. 

3. Appointed brethren A. B. Stephens, R. Melvin, and J. Ilollings- 
worth, a Committee of Finance. 

4. Called for, and read the letters from the Churches, and enrolled tlie 
names of the Delegates. 

.5. Received two newly constituted Churches into union with us, viz: 
Mount Zion, in Columbus County, and Shaloate, in Brunswick county. 

6. Appointed the following brethren, officers of the Association, viz: 
:3^Samuel Mims, Moderator, James McDaniel, Clerk, and James S. Minis, 

Assistant Clerk. 

7. Invited corresponding and visiting brethren to seats with ns; where- 
upon R. McNab, from the Goshen, and T. G. Rogers, D. McKay, N. 
Thomas, and J. Allen, from the Welsh Neck Association, accepted the 
invitation. 

8. Appointed brethren J. Pitman, A. Inman, R. Melvin, A. B. Stephens, 
and J. HoUingsworth, a committee to select Preachers for the Stage during 
the session of the Association. 

9. Appointed brethren McNab, McAllister, and Ford, a committee to 
report on the Temperance cause in this Association. 

10. Appointed brethren Ayers, Thames, and Rogers, a committee to 
report on Missions. 

11. Appointed brethren J. S. Mims, Floyd, and. Watson, a committee 
to report on Letters and Minutes from Corresponding Associations. 

Adjourned to 10 o'clock to-morrow. Prayer by brother Hayes. 

SATURDAY MORNING. 

12. Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by brother T. G. Rogers, 

13. Called for, and read the Circular Letter, and received it. 

14. Called on the ye?nj9errtnce Committee to report: Report accepted,- 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

15. Called on the Itinerant Preacher, Wm. Ayers, to report: Report ac- 
cepted, and ordered to be printed. _^^ 

16. Settled up with brother Ayers for his services as the Itinerant 
Preacher in this Association the past year. 

Whereas God has in a special manner blessed the labors of our beloved 
brother Wm. Ayers, during the past year: Therefore, 







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Resolved, That he be affectionately requested to travel and pireach in the 
bounds of this Association the ensuing year. 

The foreg-oing request was acceded to by brother Ayers, and he is to be 
the Itinerant Preacher in this Association the ensuing year. 

The following resolution was unanimously adopted: 
'> Resolved, That tliis Association do cordially approve of the late organi- 
zation of the American and Foreign Bible Society, which we regard as 
constituted in obedience to the Divine will, calling on our denomination to 
use their best efforts, by unfettered action, to give the Scriptures, in true 
and faithful versions, to all the nations of the earth. 

At the offering of the foregoing resolution, addresses were made upon 
the Bible cause, and as soon as the resolution was adopted, the Association 
suspended their business for a while, when a Bible Society was organized, 
subscriptions received, and Delegates appointed to the State Bible Society, 
at May's Chapel, in Nov. 1837. 

17. The Association resumed their business, and called on the Mission 
Committee to report; Report accepted and ordered to be printed. *^ 

18. Ordered that a Letter of Dismission be given to the Mount Pleasant 1 
Church in Bladen County, to join the Goshen Association, which is more J 
convenient to them. 

19. Appointed Jas. S. Mims to prepare a Corresponding Letter, to be 
appended to these Minutes. 

20. Appointed brethren Jas. S. Mims and R. Melvin, Corresponding 
Messengers to the Goshen Association at their next session; Dwight Hays, 
and J, S. Mims, to the Welsh Neck Association, at their next session; and 
Abel King and Elias Davis to the Pee Dee Association, at their session, 
in 1838. 

Adjourned to Monday Morning, 10 o'clock. Prayer by Bro. King. 

SABBATH. 

The weather v/as remarkably unfavorable. The rain which commenced 
early on Saturday, continued to fall with but little if any intermission, ac- 
companied with considerable wind, until a late hour on Sabbath morning, 
when it abated a little, but soon commenced again, and ceased not until 
next morning. Many persons did not leave the houses, at which they spe= ^ 
the preceding evening. A considerable number of persons, however b' v- 
ed the weather and assembled at the Meeting House. Robert McNabb 
delivered to them a discourse founded on the Ten Commandments, Exo- 
dus 20th chap. 3-17th verses. Jas. McDaniel followed with a discourse on 
2d chap, of Songs of Solomon, and 14th verse. The exercises of the day 
were closed with an exhortation and prayer by Jas. S, Mims. Many ap- 
peared deeply interested in the exercises. Sinners wept, while Christians 
were ready to say, "Master, it is good for us to be here." 

4>P* • MONDAY MORNING. 

21. Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. McKay. 

22. Cg,Iled for the Corresponding Letter, which was read, adopted, and 
ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 



23. Called on the Committee on Letters and iMlnuteg of Correspondinri; 
Associations to report: report accepted and ordered to be prinietl. 

24. jRcsolved. To have an Abstract of the State of Religion in this As- 
sociation appended to these Minutes. 

25. Ordered, That there be 700 copies of these Minutes printed, and 
left at the Observer Office, in Fayetteville, in packages proportionate to the 
number of members in each Church. 

26. Resolved, That the Clerk have $15 for his services this year. 

27. Appointed Jas. McDaniel Treasurer for the Association. 

28. Resolved, That we recommend Bro. Thos. G, Rogers to the kind 
mid affectioLate reception of the Churches in this Association. 

29. Acfreed that the next session of this Association be held at Bear 
Swamp Meeting House, Marion District, S. Ca., on Friday before the 2d 
Lord's day in Oct. 1838. Abel King to preach the Introductory Sermon; 
Dwight Hays the alternate. Appointed David Thames to preach a Mis- 
sionary sermon at the next session of this Association, on Sabbath. 

30. Appointed Brethren Jas. S. Miras and Dwight Hays the Association- 
al Delegates to the State Convention at May's Chapel, Chatham County. 

31. Ordered, That the funds for Missionary purposes belonging to the 
Association, be deposited in the hands of .las. S. Mims, one of the Dele- 
gates, to be carried to the Convention. 

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REPORT on Temperance. 

'our '^'Ommiftee on Temperance^ after having conversed with individii-' 
Mil different Churches, take pleasure in stating to your body, that the 
b of the Temperance reformation are gradually increasing, and that 
Istry in the Association are generally favorably affected towards it. 
Froni^the best information at hand, we consider the Temperance reforma- 
tion ia this Association, on the advance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ROBERT McNABB, Chairman. 

REPORT on Missions. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the subject of Missions, have 
had the same under consideration, and. they are of the opinion, that one 
great cause of the little interest felt upon this subject, is the want of infor- 
mation concernino it. They are of opinion, that if the necessities of the 
destitute were fully known, that the knowledge would awaken sympathy. 
They therefore, recommend, that the Members of the Churches take the 
Baptist Missionary Magazine, published at Boston, by the Board of Fo- 
reign Missions; and also the Biblical Recorder, published at Newbern, by 
Bro. T. Meredith, They think these periodicals admirably adapted to 
give the information needed, and when this information comes, there will 
accompany it a knowledge of the path of duty. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. AYERS, Chairman. 

REPORT on the Minutes and Letters of Corresponding .Associations, 

The Committee appointed to examine and report on the Minutes and 
Letters of Corresponding Associations, submit the following: 

We have had the pleasure of perusing the Minutes of the Welsh Neck 
and Goshen Associations, and a Letter from the latter. No intelligence 
-from the Pee Dee. 

There is nothing of importance to be seen in the Minutes of the Goshen 
-Association, except that tAvo or three of the Churches have been enlarged 
by the addition of some new members. From their Letter of Correspon- 
dence, which was written at their last session, we learn, that for the last 
year, their state has been more deplorable than it was the year preceding. 
"Coldness and barrenness prevail, while their "harps hang upon the wil- 
lows;" though they say there are "indications of better times." 

They inform us that their Ministers, generally, are zealously affected to- 
Avards the various plans of benevolence, in the support of Avhich, the Chris- 
tian Avorld is engaged. But they do not think it expedient to take a "de- 
cided stand" in. relation to them. They have no itinerant in their employ 
this year. 

In the Welsh Neck Association, there Avas prevalent coldness during the 
year that closed Avith their last meeting. But this year, many of the 
Churches have experienced a time of refreshing from the power of the 



Lord. In this Association, the cause of Missions iinds a liberal supportj 
Temperance, many zealous advocates; Sabbath Schools are kept np in ^fB 
Churches; the education of young i^Iinisters is attended to, and aid is jdj^Wi 
to the Bible cause. They have earnestly recommended to the ChiWhes 
to form Bible Societies, which has to a considerable extent heen done. — 
They have subscribed and paid about 800 Dollars already, to the Bible 
cause, since the organization of the American and Foreign Bible Society^ 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAS. S. MIMS, Chairman, 

BEPORT of fVm. Jlyers., the itinerant Preacher, in the Association. 

■ Beloved Brethren, 

It now becomes my duty to present you -with an 
account of my labours, during the past year, in accordance with the ap- 
pointment you gave me at your last session. 

Directly after the adjournment of the Association, I proceeded upon the 
duties assigned me by that body. I first visited some of the Churches in 
Robeson, and thence proceeded into Columbus County, and Horry Dis- 
trict, S. Carolina. Afterwards I went into Brunswick and Bladen. Hike- 
wise visited the two Churches in Marion District, S. Carolina. I found 
most of the Churches in the lower part of the Associational bounds, in a 
destitute situation. From this circumstance, I was induced to confine my 
labours principally to those Churches. By the influences of the Spirit of 
God, my labours have been signally blessed. I have frequently had the 
happiness to witness the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit upon my congre- 
gations, and to sec sinners inquiring the way to Zion, with hearts melted 
into the deepest contrition, while many have given satisfactory evidence of 
their having passed from death unto life. 

I have travelled 233 days, and the n^'sidue of the time I was engaged with 

(Churches, not far distant from home. I received from Churches, congre- 
gations, and indiv'iduals, as will be seen by the account accompanying this 
report, $125 97. I have baptized 102 persons. 
The present state of the Churches is very pleasing, and the prospects 
axe truly cheering. 

kin conclusion, t would simply remark, I hope your body will adopt 
some plan of missionary operation by which the interest of the Redeemer's 
Kingdom may be promoted, among the Churches of which it is composed. 
And permit me now, dear Brethren, to tender you my grateful acknow- 
ledgments for the honor and privilege of serving you as your Missionary. 
And may the King of Saints guide you to the adoption of such means and 
measures as he shall be pleased to bless to the advancement of his kingdom 
on earth. Yours in the Gospel. 

WM. AYERS, Missionary, 

ACCOUNT of Contributions. 

Spring Branch, . ' $17 50 Beaver Dam, Columbus, 11 00' 

Sorter Swamp, 11 00 Aslipole, 5 00 

Iron Hill Cross Koads,- 14 60 Ebenezer, 3 75 



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2 37 


Big Branch, 


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3 40 


Moiuit Zion, 


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5 35 


Honey Camp, 


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6 55 


Bear Swamp, 


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Sharon, 


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Saw Mill, 


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Pleasant Grove, 


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The Association due Jas. McDaniel for the last year. 

Received from the (Jhurches this year for Associational Fund, 65 00 

For Foreign Missions, 1 50 

For Home Missions, ^ ,r -* ,,-•. 9 25 

Collection on Sabbaih, 7/'/ ^ 16 05 



Paid out 83 CI the Home Mission Fnnd to Wm. Avers, ' $3 00 
Paid Wm. Avers out of the Associational Fund, 8 17 

A. B. STEPHENS, Chairman. 
Note. — The brethren will see that after deducting the S4 87| which 
was due the Clerk for the past year, and also the SB 17 paid to Wm. Ayers 
out of the Associational Fund, that there remains to meet the expenses of 
the Association the present year $51 96. 



JlN ABSTRACT of the slate of Religion in the Cape Fear Association. 

Several of the Churches have, the past year, taken down their harps, 
which had long been hung- upon the willows, and tuned tliem to the song 
"The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad." In bring- 
ing about this happy change, we have satisfactory reason to believe that 
our itinerant preacher was highly instrumental. God has thus given the 
Association the happiest evidence that he approves this step that they have 
taken. The same itinerant is appointed for the present year. But for this 
appointment, many of the Churches would be almost, if not entirely, with- 
out preaching, especially of our order. There are only about 12 preach- 
ers in the Association, and some of those have but very recently entered 
the Ministry, while there are 33 Churches. Many of the Churches have 
not preaching more than once a month, and therefore, it is not at all mar- 
vellous that they should increase so slowly. And when they return no 
increase to the Association, it ought. to remind us of the Saviour's charge 
to his disciples, "Pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that he would send 
forth more labourers." 

The stranger, on casting his eye upon the Table of Returns, as exhibit- 
ed in these Minutes, and observinsr the scatterino; contributions to the be- 
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these things as (lying in this Association. But, it should be remembered 
that several of the Churches, instead of sending up their contributions to 
these institutions through the Association, have sent them up through other 
mediums. So tliat notwithstanding the contributions to Missionary ope- 
rations appear to be smaller in the Association this year than heretofore, 
3'et there is more, considerably more, it is believed, contributed by the 
Association this year than has hitherto been done. \ 

It will be seen by reference to the Report of the Committee on Tern- ^ 
perance, that it is gaining ground in the Association. There is one de- 
partment of benevolent operation, in which it is apprehended the Associa- 
tion is nearly stationary, — it is that of Sabbath School instruction. Yet 
several of the Churches have flourishing Sabbath Schools. Many more breth- 
ren have subscribed for Religious Periodicals this year, than at any prior 
period since the organization of the Association. This augurs favourably. 
A rehsh for Religious reading is a kind of thermometer, which itself de- 
clares the state of Religion in a Church or Association. 

The Ministry in the Churches is as follows: — Ashpole, Honey Camp, 
Porter Swamp, Spring Branch and Beaver Dam, supplied by PFm. 
Ayers; Big Branch and Ebenezer, supplied by D. Hays; Beaver Dam 
and Cape Fear, supplied by D. Thames; Union, by /. Mc Daniel; Whites- 
viLLE, Burnt Islands, Eliam and Pleasant Plains, by D. Lennon; 
Hickory Grove, by E. Davis; New Britain, Mill Creek and Sha- 
LOATE, by A. Robbins; Saav Mill and Bear Swamp, by /. Fosters; Le- 
banon and Saddle Tree, by T. G. Rogers; Sharon and Simpson's Creek, 
by ^. King; Seven Creeks, by -S*. Dusenberry; Mount Pleasant, by 
R. McNabb; Good Hope, Iron Hill Cross Roads and Buck Creek, by 
/. Lee; Pleasant Grove, by T. G. Rogers, Nolen and Ayers; Mount 
ZiON, by Ayers, and others. 

Some of the above named Ministers preach to Congregations and Church- 
es out of the bounds of the Cape Fear Association, as well as to those here 
mentioned. 

CIRCULAR LETTER, by J. Smith. 

The Cape Fear Baptist Association to the several Chicrches she embra- 
ces, sends Greeting: 
Dear Brethren, 

The subject of our present Letter is to call vour 
attention to inquire into the cause, or causes, of tiie present cold state of 
Religion throughout the Churches. And Oh! that each one mav, with 
prayerful earnestness, make the jealous inquiry, "Lord, is it I?" It is ev'- 
ident to the most casual observer, that there is now, and has bcifi for a 
length of time, an uncommon degree of icy cokiness hanging like mouii- 
tains upon the hearts and consciences of professoi's of R'.-'ligion. This is 
a sore afliiction, and it is C3rtaia that ihs Li.-d is too go:),! and mercifal to 
afllict his people without a cau.'-'8. Whar, then, let us proceed lo inquire, 
is the cause that the Lord has wiilidrav/u his spirit iu so g;jat a Utr^ree 



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from US, and left \\s to the imaginations of our own hearts, which are 'de? 
peitful above all things, and desperately wicked?' Can it be that the love 
of the world and the deceitfiilness of riches have drawn our hearts fronj 
the love and service of God, our Maker and Redeemer? Can it be that 
the follies and vanities of the age, in times of prosperity, have led us away 
from the performance of those duties and obligations which devolve upon 
us as rational and intelligent creatures, dependent upon God as the author 
of our existence, as the giver of every good and perfect gift, from whom 
we derive every blessing that we enjoy, either spiritual or temporal, and, 
above .all, as the great author and finisher of the glorious plan of salvation? 
It is awfully to be feared that these are some of the causes by which we 
have brought ourselves into this unhappy condition. Again, the hitherto 
luiparalleled and ruinous haste to be rich and get gain, that has pervaded 
our country from one extremity to the other, has not been confined to the 
men of the world exclusively, but has invaded the Church of God to a fear- 
ful extent, which, it is 1o be feared, has caused professing Christians to 
neglect those important duties which are enjoined upon them by the holy 
law of God, or laid dovrn in the Scriptures of truth, to wit: those great 
commandments to love the Lord ovr God icith all our heart, and our 
"neighbour as ourselves, and to do unio others as ice would that they 
shoxild do unto us. This unholy desire to increase in richer, and to add 
acre to acre, not having the advancement of God's glory and the good of 
souls for its object, has caused many of us to withhold from the Treasury 
of the Lord that for Vv'hich we were justly its debtor, and to neglect to con- 
tribute of the abundance Avh.ich the Lord has given us as his stewards, to 
the wants and necessities of others; to die sending forth of the glad tidings 
of salvation to the destitute portions of the earth; to the various means 
which he has appointed for the advancement of his own glory, in the conr 
version of tlie world; and especially to the competent support of his faith- 
ful Ministers, v.'hich we are constrained to believe is done by our Church- 
es to a fearful extent, and ior which the Lord Avill not hold us guiltless that 
do them, but v."ill punish such of his people Vi-ith afHictions of various 
kinds, and particularly by vv'ithholding from them the comt'orting influen- 
ces of his Holy Spirit, for the purpose of constraining them to submit to 
his will and government, and to v\'alk in the straight iivA narrow path of 
rectitude and virtue. — "As many as 1 love I rebuke and chasten." "Be 
2ealous th.erefore and repent. "-i-Rev. 3d chn]-)., 19th v. This last menr 
tioned cause of declension, viz: the neglect of the support of the Ministry, 
it is to be apprehended, has not received that serious consideration of pro-? 
fessors which it demands. Certain it is that the neglect of the Ministerial 
.support is one of the prevalent and crying sins of the Cjjurch in general. 
It is a sin of much greater magnitude than seems to be generally imagined. 
If it be asked how it is known to be a sin, the reply is, because it is a vi- 
olation of the explicit instruction and command of God. He has said that 
the Ox lohich treadelh out the corn shall not be muzzled — that they who 
minister at the altar, shall live of the altar — that the labourer is worthy 
of his hire — that if they have sown unto you spiritual things, ye ought 
to have sown unto them carnal things. ' And to Avithhold from the priests 
their portion, v/as, under the law. a sin of great magnitude, and pix)voca-5 



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•tion in the sight of God-; and for whioh he sent upon the guilty most aw- 
ful temporal judgments. It was this that shut Heaven at a certain time 
that a most awful famine prevailed. "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have 
robbed me; but ye say wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offer- 
ings. Ye are cursed with a curse, foi* ye have robbed me, even this whole 
nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the store houses, that there may be 
meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, 
if I will not open you the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing 
that shall not be room enough to receive it." — Mai. 3d chap., 8lh, 9th and 
10th verses. Now since God has made Ministerial support a subject of 
such explicit instruction and command, it must be supposed that the neg- 
lect of it is a sin of great magnitude. Then let each professor ask himself 
the question, whether he has discharged this duty as he ought — whether 
he has given as liberally to the support of the Ministry as he might — whe- 
ther he has not been guilty of keeping back part of the price. 

Brethren, this is a subject of serious importance, and therefore, we thus 
insist upon it. It is one too generally overlooked, and too lightly regard- 
ed, and therefore we press it the more, and hope that it will be considered. 
Why are there so many destitute Churches? AVhy is there so little preach- 
ing? It may be traced to a neglect of ministerial support. Is it then to be 
wondered at, that a state of coldness prevails among us? The preaching of 
the Gospel is the great means ordained of God for the edification of Chris- 
tians and the conversion of sinners. And how are they to hear without a 
preacher? And how are they to preach except they be sent? Let it be 
remembered then, that the ministry must be adequately supported, and then 
may we look for better times, and a happier state of things. 

Again, the people of God do, in many instances, resist the influences of 
the Holy Spirit, and refuse to hold that intercourse and communion with 
God which he has been pleased to offer unto them, by neglecting the duty 
and privilege of prayer, either in our social meetings, in our families, or in 
our closets. Hear the word of the Lord, "Behold I stand at the door and 
knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in unto 
him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Rev. 3d chap. 20 verse. — ■ 
And, therefore. Brethren the fault is ours that Ave do not daily hold that 
sweet communion with God which he has graciously offered unto us. And 
now may the love of God, the communion and fellowship of the Holy Spi- 
rit, be with you, and all the true worshippers of God forever and ever. A- 
men. 

SAM'L MIMS, .Moderator, 

JAS, McDANIEL, Clerk. 



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CORRESPONDING LETTER— By James S. Mims. 

The Cape Fear to the JVelsh Neck, Goshen, and Pee Bee ^Associations: 

Beloved Bretkrex\: 

Through the goodness of our Heavenly Father, 
we are again permitted to assemble ourselves together, as an Association; 
and to address to you a letter of brotherly correspondence; and we feel it to 
be our duty to rfcord our hearty thanks to God tor the blessings which we 
enjoy. Our state is much better at present than it Avas in by-gone days. 
Time was, when contention, strife, and variance among brethren embitter- 
ed our annual meetings, but now, love, harmony, brotherly-kindness and 
unanimity, prevail and abound among us. Fo»' three years past, our annual 
sessions have been characterized by those influences of God's Spirit which 
have caused the most pleasant results to ensue. 

In view of the lamentable destitution of ministerial labours, in a large 
proportion of our Churches, we deemed it important and expedient to ap- 
point and sustain a Missionary within our precincts, who should be em- 
ployed the whole of his time in supplying our Churches with preaching; 
and we are happy and thankful, that we can inform you, that our most san- 
guine expectations have been more than realized. Many have been con- 
verted, Vv-e hope, through his instrumentality. And we learn, with plea- 
sure, that, during the last year, he has baptized one hundred and two; and 
we rejoice in the belief that the seed which has been thus sown will prove 
still more fruitful in days to come. Among our Churches generally, there 
appears to be a pleasant season. 

Our Ministers are, generally, hearty in the Temperance reformation, and 
the cause is, on the whole, gaining ground among our brethren. 

We are favorable towards the various departments of benevolent exer- 
tions for the melioration of the spiritual condition of the world. 

We are glad to see with us. Elders McKay, Rogers and Allen, Messen- 
gers from the Welsh Neck, and Elder Robert McNabb from the Goshen 
Associations, all of whom we cordially welcome to a seat with us. 

We delegate to the V/elsh Neck, Elders D. Hays and James S. Mims; 
to the Goshen, Brethren Robert Melviu and James S. Mims; and to the 
Pee Dee, Elders Abel King and Elias Davis. 

We request a continuance of j'our correspondence. Our next session 
v/ill be held with the Bear Swamp Church, Marion District, South Caroli- 
na, to commence on Friday before the 2d Lord's Day in October, 1838. 

May the God of grace guide you into all truth, sanctify you, and grant 
you wisdom from above, that you may adopt such measures as he will own 
and bless, to his own glory, is our prayer for C'<.rist's sake. Amen. 

SAM'L MIMS, Moderator. 
JAS. McDANIEL, Clerk 



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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1838. 

1. The Introductory Sennou was delivered by Rev. A. King, from Re- 
velation, 19th chapter, 10th verse; "Worship God." 

2. The Association was called into session by the Moderator, and Rev. 
T. Mason, at request, opened the session by devotional exercises. 

3. Appointed Brethren C. McAllister, J. Pitman and M. Watson, a Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

4. Called for and read the Church Letters, and enrolled the names of 
the Delegates. 

5. Received three newly constituted Churches into union with the As- 
sociation, viz: Mount Tabor, in Columbus County; Beulaii, in Bruns- 
zvick County, and B'ayetteville, in Cumberland County. 

6. Proceeded to elect officers; — the following were elected: Samuel 
Mims, Moderator; Jas. McDaniel, Clerk; and Jas. S, Mims, Assistant Clerk. 

7. Appointed C. McAllister, J. Pitman, and M. Watson a Committee 
to select Preachers for the stage during the session of the Association. 

8. Invited Corresponding and Visiting Brethren to seats, whereupon 
Chas. Reavs, S. T. Collins, T. G. Rogers, J. Colman, M. Strickland, J. 
Allen and Doct. Hodges, of the Welsh Neck Association; David Rogers, 
of the Goshen Association, and T. Mason, accepted the invitation. 

9. Appointed the following Committees: On Temperance — C. McAllis- 
ter, C. Reaves, and A. King; On intelligence concerning Foreign Missions 
— T. Mason, J. S. Mims, and J. McDaniel; On Sabbath Schools — W. 
Ayers, S, Dusenberry, and A, B. Stevens; On the Ministry — D. Hays, J. 
Mills, and B. Freeman; On the patronage of Religious Periodicals in this 
Association — A. King, D. Thames, and J. Ford; On Letters and Minutes 
of Corresponding Associations — J. S. Mims, R. Ward, and J. Pitman. 

Adjourned to to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock. Prayer by D. Hays, 

SATURDAY MORNING, 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by S. Dusenberry. 

10. Appointed A. B. Stevens to prepare a Letter of Correspondence to 
be appended to these Minutes. 

11. Committee on the Ministry reported. Report accepted and ordered 
to be printed. 

12. Committee on Temperance reported. Report accepted and ordered 
to be printed. 

13. Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. Report accepted and or- 
dered to be printed. 

14. Committee on the patronage of Religious Periodicals in this Asso- 
ciation reported. Report accepted and ordered to be printed. 

15. Called for the Report of the Itinerant in the bounds of this Associa- 
tion, Report was presented, read, and ordered to be printed. 



16. Appointed J. Pitman, J. Ford, and J. Beach a Committee on the 
Itineracy. 

On motion, suspended the business of the Association for one hour, to 
permit the Bible Society to hold their session. 

18. Committee on the Itineracy reported. Keport accepted and Com- 
mittee discharged. 

19. Appointed J. McDaniel, J. S. Mims, and T. Mason, a Commitiee 
of Arrangements. 

20. Appointed J. Pitman, E. Carlisle, and r\I. Watson, a Committee to 
wait upon W. Ayers to assertain wiiether he will accept the Itineracy in 
this Association any longer. 

Adjourned to Monday morning, 10 o'clock. Prayer by D. Thames. 

SUxNDAY. 

The Ministers appointed to the exercises of the day met a very large au- 
dience. J. Allen delivered a discourse on Revelation, Gth chapter, 17th 
verse: "The great day of big wrath is come, nnd who shall be able to 
stand?" M. Strickland followed, and delivered a discourse on John, 9tli 
chapter, 4th verse: "I must work the works of Him that sent me while it 
is day; the night cometh when no man can work." D. Thames next de- 
livered the Missionary Sermon, on Romans, 10th chapter, 14tb and 15th 
verses: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? 
and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how 
shall they hear without a Preacher? and how shall they preach except they 
be sent?" At the close of the discourse, the Clerk rose and remarked to 
the congregation that a very solemn and important act was pending. He 
would remind them that it was not the Minister that asked their contribu- 
tions; — he was only tlie bearer of the appeal; — it was God who asked, and 
it was written, "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; 
and that which he hath given will he pay him again." He then asked, if 
there were not five persons in the congregation who would lend the Lord 
$5 each, and take this note which he offers — this note upon the Lord? Ini' 
mediately the following gentlemen successively rose — • 

Doct. S. Hodofes, . . . - $5 

Col. C. McAllister, .... 5 

.Tohn Hays, ..... 5 

Daniel SSlanaland, .... 5 

Rev. W. Avers, .... 5 

He then requested tlie persons appointed to wait upon the congregation, to 
proceed and take up the collection from the congregation, and by far the 
largest collection was taken up that has ever been taken up in this Associa- 
tion. 

The congregation was then dismissed for half an hour, after which J. 
McDaniel delivered a discourse on Ezekiel, 47th chapter, 8th verse: 
"These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the 
desert, and go into tlie sea; which being brought forth into the sea, the wa- 
ters shall be healed." At the close of the discourse, he invited those who 
were determined from that time forth, through the help of God, to attend 
to the interests of their souls, and who wished to engage the prayers of the 



Christians present, to oome forward before the stage. Very many came, 
and from the apparent feeling in the conffregation, the hope is enlerlained 
that much fjood will result from the meetinjr. 



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MONDAY MORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by brother J. Rogers. 

21. (^ommittee on Letters and Minutes of Correspondinjf Associations 
reported. Report accepted, and ordered to be appended to tliese Minutes. 

22. Appointed Delegates to the following Associations: — To the Gotshen, 
11. Woodward and J. Rogers; 'J'o the Feedee, W. Ayers, D. Hays, and 
A. B. Stephens; To the ff'elsh Js'cck, D. Hays, A. B. Stevens, and J. Ro- 



gers. 



23. Committee on intelligence concerning the Foreign Mission depart- 
ment, reported. Report accepted, and ordered to be appended to these 
Minutes. 

24. Ordered, that an Abstract of the State of Religion in this Association 
be appended to these Minutes. 

25. Agreed tjiat the next session of this Association be at the Pleasant 
Grove Church, Robeson county, N. C, on Friday before the 2d Lord's 
day in October, 1839. Appointed D. Thames to preach the Introductory 
Sermon. J. Rogers his alternate. Service to commence at 12 o'clock. 

A Missiunary Sermon to be preached on Sabbath at the next session of 
this xVssociation, by T. Mason. 

26. Agreed to have 700 copies of these Minutes printed, and left in par- 
cels proportionate to the number of each Church, at the Observer Office, 
Fayelteville. 

27. Called for the Corresponding Letter, wliich was presented, read, 
and adopted. 

28. Committee of Finance reported. Report accepted, and ordered to 
be printed. 

29. Agreed that the Clerk, have S15 for his services. 

30. Appointed W. Ayers to Itinerate for this Association 187 days, and 
to have one dollar per day for his services. 

31. Appointed .brethren J. McDaniel, D. Thames, A. B. Stephens, J. 
S. Minis, and Samuel Minis, Delegates to the State Convention, to sit at 
Brown's Meeting House, Sampson County, N. C. 

32. Ordered, that the funds for Missionary purposes be paid into the 
hands of S. Mims, to be carried to said Convention. 

33. Appointed brethren T. Mason, J. S. Mims, and J. McDaniel, a 
Committee to draw up a Constitution for a Board of Managers to take the 
management of the Itinerary in this Association, and to present said Con- 
stitution at the next session of the Association. 

3-4, Voted that the thanks of this body be presented to the inhabitants of 
this vicinity, for the hospitable entertainment given the Association during 
this session. 

Adjourned to time and place above specified. Concluding exercises by 
J. McDaniel. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 

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RE FORT of Financial Committee. 

Kemaining in Treasiiry last year, $51 96 

To priming Minute|^Jast year, S25 00 

Clerk's fee, .^ » 15 00 

T^ . 40 00 



Iveniainins4rt Treasiirv, $11 9G 

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For Home Missibifs, - $2 90 

' For Corrcsponding/^fessengers, $3 50 

Collection on Sabhath for Foreiirn Missions, S50 30 

- i CIIAS. McAllister, chairman. 

REPORT of Committee om,the cxterit to which Religious Periodicals 
are p4itronlted in this ^Association. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the duty of reporting concern- 
ing the extent of patronage given to Religious Periodicals in this Associa- 
tion, have attended to the subject, and from the best information they can 
obtain, the Biblical Recorder is taken to a considerable extent, and the Bap- 
tist Missionary Magazine is taken to a small extent. Your Committee 
would rejoice to see these two periodicals far more extensively taken in 
the Association. .:• " M -j^.. 

x^T^ * ABEL KING, Chairman. 

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♦ ' REPORT of Committee on Sunday Schools. 

fl^our Committee on Sun^a^y Schools, after having collected the informa- 
tioft practicable at presetftT^ beg leave to report, that they think the cause to 
be progressing. There are five Schools in the Association, and eight Li- 
braries. A part of these Schools is in a flourishing condition — the rest are 
stationary. The Libraries consist of the Union Sunday School books. 
Your committee think the New England Baptist Sunday School Books, to 
be^.far preferable, and would respectfully annex to this report a resolution: 
4^' Resolved, That the Churches in this Association be recommended to 
form Sunday Schools, and to furnish those Schools with the i\"c,'^;^no"/flfM(/ 
Baptist Sunday School Books. 

W. AYERS, Chairman. 

REPORT of Committee on Temperance. 

Y''our Committee, to whom was referred to report concerning the Tern- 
peranee interest in the Association, have atiefK3ed to the duty assigned 



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Uiem, and ruid only Clnirclics in the bounds of the Association that have 
'J'emperance Societies — one at Lebanon, in a prosperous state; one at Ash- 
pole, stationary; one at Beaver Dam, stationary; one at Fair BhitT, ditto; 
one at Bear Swamp, ditto; one at Spring Branch, ditto. W% find that all 
tlie Ministers arc hearty in the cause. Your committee wouhl beg leave 
to submit the following Resolution: — 

Resolved, That the Churches of this Association be recommended to 
"**) form Temperance Societies in them. 

CIIAS. iMcALLISTER, Chairman. 



REPORT of Commillce on Ministry. 



criuitcMKs. 



1>AST0RS. 



Ashpole, 
Big Hranch, 
Sachile Tief, 
liHrnl Islands, 
Lebanon, 
rleasaiu Grove, 
Ebenezer, 
Mount Eliam, 
IJeaver Dam, 
Hickory Grove, 
Cross Koads, 
Seven Creeks, 
Mount Zion, 
JUaver Dam, 
Pcrttrr Swamp, 
rleasaiU Plains, 
Iron Hill >< Iloads, 
Whiteville, 
Mount Tabor, 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shaloate, 
B«-ulali, 
Cape Fear, 
Fayetteville, 

Bear Swamp, 
Saw Mill, 
Honey Camp, 
Good Hope, 
Spring Branch, 
Salem, 
Buck Creek, 
Sharon, 
Simpson's Creek, 



D. Hays. 



1). Tliames. 
li. Davis. 
D. Lennoii. 



LICENTIATES. 



A. B. Stephens. 



A. Robbins* 



J. McDaniel. 

T. Mason, (resident.) 

J. Rogers. 



John Lee. 
\V. Ayers. 



H. Woodward. 



S. Duseiiberry. 



Joel Hilh 



Uenjamin VVard. 



J. S. Mims. 



D. Hartsfield. 
J. McCall. 
Calvin Allen. 



A. King. 



SUPPLY. 



W. Ayers; 

T. G. Rofrel-3. 
n. Lenhon. 
P. O. Conoly. 
D. Lennon. 

D. Lennon. 



I. Lee. 
IJ Lennon. 
\V. Ayers. 
VV. Ayers. 

John Lee. 



A. King. 
A. King. 
A. King. 
D. Lennon. 



J. Woodward. 
J. Lee. 

T. Lee. 



Respectfully submitted. 



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D. HAYS, Chairman. ^ 

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REPORT of the Committee on Minutes and Letters of Corresponding 

. Associations. 

The Committee on Minutes and Letters of Coi-responding Associations, 
report: 

That they have not been furnished with the Minutes of the Goshen and 
Pee Dee Associations. We have the pleasure, however, of seeing brother 
David Rogers, Messenger from the former, whom we have welcomed to a 
seat in our deliberations. We are unable to communicate any thing of a 
special nature, relative to the state of religion in this (the Goshen) Associ- 
ation. We can only say, generally, that many of these Churches seem to 
be in a lukewarm condition. 

It is true that there are some brethren of this body who are enlisted in 
forwarding the cause of God (instrumentally,) by a hearty co-operation in 
the various efforts put forth by the benevolent for the advancement of the 
Redeemer's kingdom on earth; for which purpose they have formed them- 
selves into a Missionary Society; — but as an Association, their light does 
not "shine" by doing any thing for the dissemination of Gospel light and 
the promotion of evangelical piety in the world. We have too much cause 
to fear, that it is true of this Association, as such, that '■'■they come not up 
to the help of the Lord against the mighty." 

It-is with pleasure that we welcome to a seat with us, the Messengers of 
the Welsh Neck Association, to wit: — Brethren Reaves, Collins, T. G. 
Rogers, Coleman, Strickland, Allen, and Dr. Hodges, through whom we 
have received the Minutes of the last session of their Association. The 
state of religion in the Churches of this Association is very interesting. 
Their last session was succeeded by a revival in the Welsh Neck Church, 
with which it was held. And since that time several of the Churches have 
experienced gracious outpourings of the Spirit, resulting in large additions 
to their number by baptism. This is an efficient body. It embraces 33 
Churches; their number of Ministers is 16; and 216 were baptized during 
the year ending with their last session. The cause of benevolence finds, 
in this Association, a friend. Besides doing much for the interests of re- 
ligion abroad by contributing liberally to Foreign Missions, the Bible 
cause &LC., Sabbath Schools and Temperance Societies are sustained in 
most, if not all, of the Churches; and they employ several Missionaries 
whose time is occupied in supplying the destitute of their own bounds with 
ministerial labour. This Association voted at its last session to employ an 
Agent with a salary of $500, whose business is to visit all the Churches to 
preach the gospel and collect funds for Missionary purposes. 

Your committee deem it due to the W. N. Association to correct a 
typographical error which occurre'd in a similar report to this in our last 
Minutes. It is there said that $800 was furnished to the Bible cause since 
the formation of the American and Foreign Bible Society. It should have 
read " The members of the Association at their last session subscribed and 
paid $800 to the Bible cause. 

Respectfullv submitted, 

JAMES S. MIMS, Chairman, 



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11 

REPORT of Missionary Committee. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the subject of the Foreign Mis- 
sion, offer the following Report: 

The Board have Missionary establishments connected with 12 Indian 
tribes, at 15 Stations, exclusive of out-Stations, occupied by 34 Missiona- 
ries and Assistants, of whom 12 are Preachers, together with 7 native 
Preachers and 2 native Assistants, embracing 8 Churches — containing in 
all, about 592 members, of whom 125 were baptised the past year. 

In France, one Mission, 6 Churches, 4 Missionaries, and 5 native 
Preachers. 

In Germany, one Mission, 3 Churches, 2 native Missionaries, and some 
Assistants. The Churches contain about 72 m.embers. 

Ill Greece, one Mission, and 4 Missionaries. They have been very 
successful in establishing week day and Sabbath Schools. 

In Africa, two Stations, 5 Missionaries, one is a School Teacher. 

In BtTRMAH, one Mission, 19 Missionaries, 11 native Preachers, 29 na- 
tive Assistants. But the precise number of Churches and members, we 
are not prepared to say. Brother Judson reports 54 baptised, for the year 
ending December 1836, of whom 9 were Burmans, 29 Karens, and 16 
Foreigners; 8 were added to the Burman Church by baptism, the follow- 
ing half year, and 2 in August to the English Church; making a total of 64. 

There is among the Karens, one Mission, 13 out-Stations, 13 Missiona- 
ries, 18 native Preachers, and some native School Teachers. There are 
8 Churches belonging to this Mission. The number of Karens added to 
the Rangoon Karen Church, from October 1, 1836, to June 1837, in- 
cluding three baptised by brother Webb, was 180, and the aggregate of the 
Rangoon and Maulmein Karen Station, for the same period, was 244. 
51 had been previously baptised at Rangoon, since February 1834, of whom 
brother Webb remarked, "without an exception, so far as we can learn, 
they all appear well." 

There are in Siam 4 Missionaries. They select portions of the Bible, 
print them in the form of Tracts, and give them to those who apply for 
them. Brother Jones says, under date of February 24, 1837, that he hag 
been accustomed to take one thousand pages of the Tracts with him in his 
excursions, and in no case have 1 brought any home. 

Among the Chinese there is one Mission, four Missionaries, one native 
assistant, and one Church. 

In Arracan, one Mission, two Missionaries, three native Assistants. — 
A Church was constituted 21st of May, consisting of the Missionaries, rta- 
tive Assistants, and the wife of Koung Oung. 

In Southern India, among the Teloogoos, one Mission, two Missiona- 
ries. The Board have but one Missionary Family among five million Te- 
loogoos, along a coast of at least six hundred miles, to say nothing of the 
population in the interior, and the territories of the Nizam. Besides, there 
are probably not less than 300 towns which might be occupied as Mission- 
ary Stations, besides a still larger number of populous villages in which 
Assistants might be located. The influence of the Schools taught by sis- 
ter Day, has caused some to come 30 or 40 miles to inquire about the new 
Religion. The whole Bible has been translated, and is in course oi revi- 



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sion. The New Testament, Genesis, and part of Exodus liave been print- 
ed; also, from 25 to 30 Religious Tracts. 

In AS AM, one Mission, five Missionaries. The Missionaries will con- 
nect with this the Shyan tribe of Khanitis. The langiia<res of both tliese 
tribes brother Brown has reduced to the system of Romanizing adopted in 
other East Indian dialects, and in conformity with the same, has began the 
preparation of Books and Tracts. The Board continue to cherish an una- 
bated interest in the Shyan Mission. Its relative position in respect to o- 
ther Missions, and to Thibet and China, as well as its own intrinsic claims, 
forbid the withdrawal or diversion of a particle of the zeal which has been 
awakened on its behalf. 

RECAPITULATION. 

The number of Missions under the direction of the Board is 2.3; Stations, 
including .32 Out Stations, 69. Missionaries from tliis country, — of v.'hona 
40 are Preachers, 4 Preachers and Printers, and 2 Printers, (51 males and 
47 females,) — 98. Native Missionaries and Assistants, exclusive of the 
Printing Department, of whom 38 are Preachers, 09. Churches, 38. 
Church Members, (about) 1650. Baptisms the past year 582. Schools 
reported 50. Printing Presses, (of which five went out the last year) 15. 

One Mission has been suspended: 9 Missionaries and Assistants, from 
sickness or other causes, have retired from the service: 8 have died; and 
2 native Assistants have been discharged. 

Since the last triennial meeting, Missionary operations liave been com- 
menced among the Omahoes, Ottawas, West of the Mississippi, in Greece, 
and in Arracan, and among the Teloogoos, and the Shyans. 

Fifty-three Missionaries have been sent forth, (28 Males and 25 Fe- 
males,) of whom twenty-three were Preachers; and fifteen native Preach- 
ers and Assistants, besides Burmans and Karens. Twenty new Churches 
have been organized, and more than eleven hundred individuals, professing 
faith in Christ, have been baptised. Three additional printing establish- 
ments have been furnished; and books have been published and circulated 
in fi'^tcen languages of the heathen. 

IVants of the Board. — The Missions to Siam, the Chinese, the Teloo- 
goos, and to several Indian Tribes — not to mention others that have re- 
quested aid — are in urgent need of an immediate reinforcement of Mis- 
sionaries. Several candidates for Missionary Service have been approved 
by the Board, and if adequate funds were provided, would be sent forth to 
their work before the close of the current year. Requests have also been 
made for four additional printing establishments. The Board have not the 
means to meet these claims. Their funds are exhausted. If not replen- 
ished iMMKDiATELY, they wiU be constrained to consult, not for the enlarge- 
inent of the Missions, but for the least disastrous method of their reduction. 
The inquiry must be, ivhat Press shall be stopped? what Station shall be 
abandoned.' ivhat Missions shall be closed? ivhat Missionaries shall be 
called home? The God of Missions, the Great Head of the Church, who 
laid down liis life for his people, graciously interpose, and give to all our 
Cimrches a large measure of his Spirit, and constrain them, by his love, 
to give even as they have received, 

T. MASON, Chairman. 



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REPORT of jr. Ayers, Ilinerant of the .^ssodulion. 

Bei.ovkd I3kethrkx: — At your last session you requested mc to itinerate 
as a Minister within the bounds oi' liiis Association, to which'I consented. 
I now give an account of my labors perA)nned in accordance with that re- 
quest. Soon alter the adjournment of the Association, I commenced my 
tour of preacliinff amonjr the Churches in Robeson, Colund)us, Brunswick, 
and Tlorry District, South Carolina. I have also visited one Church in 
IJladen, and attended two in Marion District, South Carolina. Duriiiji; the 
first part of the year little was done, owing to the coldness of the weather. 
Since the opening of Spring, pleasing success has appeared to attend my 
labors. My meetings have generally been well attended, and the mani- 
festations of the Dirine Presence have frequently been witnesseil in tiie 
congregations. Sinners have been pierced to the heart, mourners com- 
forted, and believers, as I trust, established. I have assisted in constituting 
two new Churches — one in Brunswick, called Beulah, the other in Co- 
lumbus, called Mount Tabor. There is also one other in readiness to be 
constituted. The Churches are in general in a prospercuis state. 

I have travelled 218 days, preached 254 Sermons, and baptized 177 per- 
sons. I have received from Churches, congregations and individuals, as 
will be seen by the account accompanying this report, S120 09|. 

In conclusion, permit me to sav that I conceive that the present pros- 
pects of my field of labor, call loudly on your body for some systematic 
and energetic mode of operation for difVusion of divine truth among the 
Churclies and congretiations which I have visited. And now, dear Breth- 
ren, with your permission, I tender you my grateful acknowledgaients for 
the honor conferred upon me bv vour requpst; and may the Great Head of 
the Church preside over your deliberations, and guide you to the adoption 
of such means and measures as he will bless, for the promotion of the in- 
terests of his kingdom on earth. 

Yours in the Gospel, 

WILLIAM AYERS. 



Spring Branch, 
New Britain, 
Beulah, 
Ash Pole, 
Pleasant Grove, 
Porter Swamp, 
Bear Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Beaver Dam, 
Honey Camp, 
Lockwood's Follv, 



dCCOUyr of Contrilmtiom. 



$25 00 


Cross Roads, 


1 50 


12 00 


Mount Eliam, 


1 87i 


10 00 


Ebenezer, 


2 00 


10 00 


Lebanon, 


1 50 


7 50 


Seven Creeks, 


3 50 


9 00 


Iron Hill, 


-4,50' 


7 00 


Sharon, 


^22 


5 50 


Shaloate, 


1 25 


4 00 


Burnt Islands, 


1 75 


3 50 


Simpson's Creek, 


2 00 


3 50 








$23 09 i 
97 00 


$97 00 






$120 09^ 



14 

. CORRESPONDING LETTER, hy A. B. Stephens. 
The Cape Fear to the Welsh Neck, Goshen and Pee Bee Associations: 

BELOVED Brethren: 

Through the mercy of our Heavenly Father, 
we are again permitted to assemble ourselves together as an Association, 
and*to address to you a letter of brotherly love and correspondence; and 
we feel it to be our duty to record our hearty thanks to God for the bless- 
ings we enjoy. Our condition and standing at this time is much better 
than it was a few years ago, when we had much contention and variance 
of opinion among the brethren in our annual meetings; in the place of which 
we now have brotherly love, peace, harmony and kindness abounding a- 
Xoong the brethren- For the last few years past, our annual sessions have 
been such that we are compelled to say that the influences of God's holy 
Spirit have accompanied them, which have ultimately caused the most 
pleasant results to follow. In viewing the lamentable destitution of Min- 
isterial labours in a large proportion of our Churches, we deemed it an im- 
portant and an expedient matter to appoint and sustain a Missionary with- 
in our precincts, who should be employed the whole of his time in sup- 
plying our Churches with preaching; and we are happy to say, and thank- 
ful to God that we can inform you, that our most sanguine expectations 
have been more than realized. 

Many have been turned from nature's darkness to the marvellous light 
of that Gospel that aloue is capable of bringing life and immortality to light, 
we hope, through his instrumentality, by the grace of God. And we learn 
with pleasure, that during the last year he has baptized one hundred and 
seventy-seven persons, and we hope and rejoice in the belief, tiiat the seed 
which has been thus sown, will prove still more fruitful in days to come, 
for we see many mourners coming forward to be prayed for, and realize 
the happy feelings of hearing many tell what the Lord has done for their 
souls, while we are made to say that it is good for us to be here in the ser- 
vice of our Lord and Master while we see so much pleasantjiess of season 
among the Churches. 

We delegate to the Goshen Association, H. Woodward and J, Rogers; 
to the Pee Dee Association, W. Ayers and D. Hays; to tlie Welsh Neck 
Association, D. Hays, A. B. Stephens, and J. Rogers. 

We solicit a continuance of your correspondence. Our next session 
will be with the Pleasant Grove Church, Robeson County, on Friday be- 
fore the 2d Lord's day in October, 1839. 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 

J. McDANIEL, Clerk. 



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MINUTES 



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CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATIOJT, 



AT 



PLEASANT GROVE MEETING-HOUSE, 



ROBESON COUNTY, N. C. 



OCTOBEK, 11, 12, 13 AND 14, 



1839. 



FAYETTEVILLE : 

PRINTED BT WILLIAM POTTER, 

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MINUTSS 



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1839. 

I'.'-The Introductwy Sermon was preached by Elder D. Tiiames, 
from Titus iii. 8: '•^This is a faithful saying, and Ihese tJiinsf^ I n'ilf, 
that thou affirm constanlly, that iJuy which hare beiieve:! in God 
might he careful to muintaia good ivorks; these tilings are, good and 
profitable unto men.''' 

2' •••After the lapse of a few minutes, the Association was called to 
oriler by the Moderator, S. Mims, and a majority of the churches 
being represented, business was opened. Prayer by T5ro. D. Hays. 

3' •••Appointed TBrethren J. Ford, F. D. Breece and J. Plummer, a 
Committee of Finance. 

4^^' •Called for and read the Church Letters, and enrolled the names 
of Delegates. 

5-^^'Received four newly constituted churches info union, vi?,: Shiloh, 
in Bladen County; Macedonia, in Columhiis County; Chkf.uful 
Hope and Mount Pisgah, in Brunswick County., N. C. 

6^^^'Proceeded to the election of officers, which resulted as follows: — 
Samuel Mims, Moderator; James McDaniel, Clerk; John Smith, As- 
sistant Clerk. 

/••••Appointod Brethren H. Woodward, N. Martin, J. Thompson, F. 
D. Breece, J. Plummer and J. Ford, a Committee to select preachers 
for the stage during this session. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock, Saturday morning. Prayer by Bro. 
Ayers. 



SATURDAY MORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. .. 

•••Invited corresponding and visiting brethren to a setff?^ upon which 
N. Tliomas, J. D. Coleman, M. Strickland, H. Corn well and J. 
Culpeper, Jr., from the Welch Neck Association, accepted the invi- 
tation. 



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9'. ••Appointed the following Committees:— 

On Foreign Missions.— B. Thames, E. Carlisle, J. Russ. 

On the Bible Cause.— B. Hays. * * * * * * 

On Ministerial Location. — D. Lennon, M. Warwick, W. Ayers. 

On Collection of Items of Intelligence. — H. Lennon, J. Thompson, H. 
Bess. 

On the Itineracy. — A. B. Stephens, D. Coleman, James Hall. 

On the Responsibility of individuals and churches in relation to the 
patronage of Benevolent objects. — J. Thompson, F. D. Breece, M. 
Strickland. 

On Letters and Ministers of corresponding Associations. — E. Davis, 
J. Johnson, F. H. Powell. 

On the practicability and expediency of having the history of this Asso- 
ciation prepared. — S. Dusenberry, S. Mims, J. Smith. 

On the matter of the Church Letters, and the state of the Association 
as thereby indicated. — J. Smith, J. Ford, J. Plummer. 
10^««^The following Queries were presented, discussed and answered: 

1. "Which is the highest Ecclesiastical Judicatory recognised in the 
Scriptures and in the Baptist denomination? Answer — The Church. 

2. Are all churches upon an equality in point of authority and 
power; or are some invested with superior authority and power to 
others? Answer — The churches are on an equality in authority and 
power. 

3. By whose judgment shall the decision be made, whether an ap- 
plicant for church membership shall be received or rejected? An- 
swer — By the judgment of the church. 

4. Is it consistent for one church to non-fellowship another, ex- 
cept for perseverance in that which is violatory of the Scriptures? 
Answer — It is not. - — ^ ^.^ 

^ A 5. Has one church the authority to take another under dealing, 
mg or to institute a trial upon another? Answer — No. 
mm 6. What steps shall one church take in relation to another who 

r have received a member excluded by them, but whom the sister 
church are prepared to prove, clearly and fully, to have been unjust- 
ly excluded? Answer: — Under such circumstances, it is the opin- 
ion of this Association, that the church would do well to attend to 
their own business, and to let that of the other alone, according to 



the Apostle's direction, "Study to be quiet and to do your Qwn 
work." 
11 — Called for, read the Report of the Itinerant, W. Ayers, and or- 
dered it to be appended to tliese Minutes. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock, Monday morning. Prayer by Bro. Strick- 
land. 



SABBATH. 

A very large congregation assembled. D. Hays addressed them from 
Isaiah i. 18: "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: 
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snowj though 
they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." 

After the lapse of a few minutes, J. McDaniel addressed them from 
Matthew xiii. 31 — 32: "The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of 
mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed 
is the least of all seeds,* but when it is grown it is the greatest among 
herbs, and becometh a treej so that the birds of the air come and lodge 
in the branches thereof. " 

At the conclusion of the discourse, he asked if there were not as 
many as ten persons present wlio would give S3 each to the Mission 
cause. Twelve announced that they would; their names appear below. 
A general collection then was taken up; and the largest ever taken up 
in this Association. The names of those who gave as much as SI each, 
also appear below. 

Robert McRachan, S3 

Dennis Lennon, ^ 3 

Moses Hewett, 3 

William Ayers, 3 

Absalom Powell, 3 

Richard Wooten, • 3 

Samuel B. Stanaland, 3 

Daniel Stanaland, 3 

Haynes Lennon, 3 

Benjamin Ivey, 3 

Moses Warwick, 3 

Samuel Mims, 3 

Thomas Ayers, •• •• §1 William Strickland, •• •• 

John Russ, 1 Mrs, Mary Ayers, 

William Powell, •• •• 1 John Williams, 

Hezekiah Robertson, •• 1 Mary Stephens, 

A. B. Stephens, •• •• 1 H. Belk, 

S. G. Stanaland •• •• 1 W. Hickman, 

J. G. Gore, • 1 Joseph Thompson, 

J.Johnson, •• 1 H. Woodward, 

L. W. Waseat, •• •• 1 S.Stevens, 

R. Braswell, •• 1 A. King, 



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The congregation was then dismissed for twenty minutes: after 
which they assembled again, and H. Cornwell addressed them from 
Revelations iii. 20: "Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any 
man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will 
sup with him, and he with me." 

The services of the day were closed by an exhortation from W. 
Ayers, and prayer by Bro. Strickland. There was much feeling, and 
we hope much good will result. 

MONDAY MORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Brother Thames. 

12«'"The following Query was presented, discussed and answered: — 
To whom shall an excludeil member go for restoration? Answer: — 
As a general rule, he should go back to the church from which he 
was excluded; but there are very peculiar cases in which he cannot 
be required to go back. 

Two other Queries were presented, one of which the Association 
threw out because of its simplicity; the other they considered was 
fully answered in the Queries of Saturday. It was this: Who shall 
decide whether a member ought to be excluded'/ 

13' •••Called on the Committees appointed on Saturday, to report — the 
reports were presented, read, and ordered to be appended to these 
Minutes. 

14. ...Appointed Delegates to the following Associations: — To the Go- 
shen: D. Hays, James McDaniel and E. Davis; To the Welsh Neck: 
D. Hays, A. B. Stephens, W. Ayers and J. Rogersj To the Pee 
Dee, in I8-1O, A. King, H. Lennon and J. Rogers. 

15....Agreed that the next session of this Association be at Cross 
Roads, Columbus County, N. C, on Friday before the second 
Lord's Day in October next. Brother D. Hays to preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon. E. Davis his alternate. 

Appointed Brother James McDaniel to preach the Missionary Ser- 
mon on Sabbath. W. Ayers his alternate. 

16' •••Agreed that the Clerk have SI5 for his services. 

17 — Agreed that 800 copies of these Minutes be printed by Bro. W. 
Potter, of Fayetteville, and left at the store of Boon, Caison &. Co. 

IB^^'-Read, amended and adopted the Constitution prepared for the 
Domestic Mission Board, and ordered that it be appended to these 

Minutes. 

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19- •••Committee on Finance reported — report accepted and ordered to 
be appended to these Minutes. 

20* •••Appointed Brethren James McDaniel, H. Lennon, S. Mims, H. 
Woodward and John McDaniel, Delegates to the State Convention, 
at Grassy Creek. 

£1 — Ordered that the Home Mission Fund be paid over to W. Ayers. 

£2.. ..Ordered that the deficiency of pledges to Bro. Ayers, be paid 
him out of the Association Fund — viz. ^56. 

23«««^Ordered that the money for the Convention be paid over to Bro. 
S. Mims. 

24. ...Agreed to lay off the bounds of the Association into two circuits. 

25 •••Agreed that the line be drawn across the boundary East and 
West. 

26^ •••Appointed the Clerk Treasurer of the Association Fund. 

£7.. .."Voted that the thanks of this Association be presented to the in- 
habitants of this vicinity, for the hospitable manner in which they 
have entertained the Association during this session. 

Adjourned to time and place specified. Valedictory remarks and 
prayer by James McDaniel. 

S. MIMS, Moderator. 
J AS. McDANIEL, Clerk. 



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REPORT ON MINISTERIAL LOCATION. 



Clmrclies. 


1 Pastors. 


1 Licentiates. 


1 Sitjjply. 


Ashpole, 


William Ayers. 


A. B. Stephens, 
H. Lennon. 




SadcUe Tree, 


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Burnt Islands, 






D. Lennon. 


Lebanon, 








Pleasant Grove, 






H. Woodward. 


Ebenezer, 


H. Woodward. 






Mount Eliam, 




Isham Stone. 


D. Lennon. 


Beaver Dam, 








Hickory Grove, 


E. Davis. 






Cross Roads, 


D. Lennon. 


George L. Brown. 




Seven Creeks, 




S. Dusenberry. 


Jolxn Lee. 


Mount Zion, 






E. Davis. 


Beaver Dam, 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 


Joel Hill. 




W. Ayers. 
W, Ayei-s, 


Iron Hill X! Roads, 


John Lee. 






Union, 






D. Lennon. 


Moimt Tabor, 






J. F. McCoU. 


Mill Creek, 


A. Robine. 






New Britain, 




B. Ward, 


A. King, 






JoelBennet.. 


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Shaloate, 






A. Kmg, 


Beulah, 






A. King. 


Cape Fear, 






D, Thames. 


FayetteviUe, 


J. McDaniel. 


James S. Minis, 
Wm: Potter. 




Bear Swamp, 


J. Rogers. 






Saw Mill, 




D. Hartsfield. 




Honey Camp, 


J. F.McColl. 






Good Hope, 


James Singleton. 


Calvin Allen. 




Spring Branch, 
Salem, 
Buck Creek, 


J. Lee. 




W. Ayers, 
Jolm Woodward, 


Sharon, 


A. King. 






Simpson's Creek, 




David Cox. 


W . Ayers, 


Cheerful Hope, 






Mount Pisgah, 






A. King. 


Macedonia, 






H . Woodward. 


Big Branch, 




Wm. B. BaUard. 




ShUoh, 






riiomas Mason. 



Respectfully submitted. 



D. HAYS, Chairman. 



REPORT ON THE BIBLE CAUSE. 
Yo'T committee beg leave to report, that, whereas the circulation of 
the Bible is indispensably necessary to the salvation of sinners in every 
part of tlie world; and for the general distribution of the Bible, we 
deem it necessary to form societies and institutions within the limits of 
this Association, in order to promote a wide circulation of the Scrip- 
tures, as the word of God tells us to spread the gospel for the salvation 
of souls. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

D. HAYS, Chairman. 



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REPORT OF W. AYRllS, ITINERANT OF THE A9S0CIATI0W. 
Beloved brethren composing the Cape Fear Association: 

Another jear 'aas rolled round, and it becomes my duty 
to lay before you an account of my labors during the past year. Di- 
rectly after the Association, I again commenced in the field of labor 
that 1 had been in tlie two last years, confining myself to the churches 
in Robeson, Columbus, and Biunswick Counties, N. C, and Horry 
District and two churches in Marion District, S. C; and during my 
attendance, my meetings have been well attended, and I have had the 
pleasure to liear many relate v/hat the Lord had done for tiiem. I have 
assisted in the constituting of one church in Brunswick County, by the 
name of Mount Fisgah, and have had the pleasure of establishing a 
Temperance Society, by the name of the "Brunswick County Tem- 
perance Society.'' This society is in a very prosperous situation, and —- ^ 
six ot our chuiches have meiabers of the temperance society belonging '' 
to them. The names of the churches are Beuiah, Sliaron, Siialoate, 
Mount Pisgah, New Britain, and Seven Creeks: and they hold their an- 
nual meetings and semi-annual meetings with the churches who have 
members belongiiig to the Society. I liave filled the appointment that 
you gave me at your last Association, (vi^,. 187 days,) wiiich time I fin- 
ished in June, and I have received §11 from the following churches, 
viz. From Cross Roads, §2 60; Burnt Islands, S3; Hickory Grove, 
§2 90; Mount Zion, g3 40; and seeing tlie situation of the churches 
and from the solicitations that I have had iVom them to preach the Gos- 
pel, I have travelled ever since, in all, 269 clays, ?nd preached 272 
Sermons, and baptised 218 persons. The present state of the ciiurch- 
es is the most clieeriug that 1 oversaw or ever witnessed in all my ser- 
vices. The Christians are more active in the Redeemer's causej | 
mourners are crying aloud forniercy, and sinners attend, and give their 
attention to the Gospel, which is the power of God, unto salvation. In 
my conclusion, permit me to say, that the Lord has not left us, vi'ith- 
out a witness of his approbation; and concerning the missionary cause, 
he has said, go and "■! will be with you alway.'' The benefits that have 
been received from the benevolence of some of the brethren in this As- 
sociation, will not be known until the Lord shall say to them on his 
right hand, "•Coine ye blessed of my Father, inherit t!ie Kingdom pre- 
pared for you from the foundation of the world." And now, dear breth- 
ren, with your permission, I ofr'erto the churches, one and all, my grate- 
ful thanks, for the honor of serving them as their itinerant for the three 
past years; and may the Lord bless his word until all come to see eye 
to eye, and pray more, and follow the Lord''s commands more faithfully. 
Yours in the gospel bonds of love and friendship, 

WM. AYERS. 

REPORT ON THE ITINERACY. 

Your committee beg leave to say, that we deem it necessary to 
keep up and sustain the itineracy within the bounds of this Association, 



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from the great and amazing good that the Lord, through the instru- 
mentality of our beloved brother Ayers, has done. Brother A. was 
employed to ride 187 days, within the bounds of this Association, 
which time he finished in Junej and from the pressing necessity that 
he saw of more laborers in the vineyard while the fields were then 
white for harvest, has, since that time, rode 82 davs more; and in all 
ills services, preached 272 sermons, and baptised 218 persons, making 
41 persons more than were baptised by him last year. And since the 
Lord has blessed his labors in such a prosperous way, we think that it 
will be expedient to sustain two itinerant preachers, to ride within the 
bounds of this Association the succeeding year; and that the Associa- 
tion be divided into two Dis^tricts, during its present session, and 
choose the itinerants for the two Districts, with instructions for each of 
the itinerants chosen to preach at every church within tlie District in 
which he is to ride, once a month; and, at the option of the itinerants, 
to alternate in their Districts — with the understanding, however, that 
each District support its itinerate, during the time of service, at the 
rate of S20 per month. 

Dear Brethren, wa commend these remarks to your consideration, 
hoping that you may sustain the missionary cause, at all events within 
the bounds of this Association. From the good that has been done, 
we have cause to believe that more may be done, to the salvation of 
souls and to the glory of the Redeemer's kingdom on the earth. 

Yours in Christ, 

A. B. STEPHENS, Chairman. 

BEPORT ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS AND CHURCHES IN RE- 
LATION TO THE PATRONAGE OF BENEVOLENT OBJECTS. 

Your committee beg leave to report, that, as all men are stewards of 
Almighty God, they believe it to be the indispensable duty of all, to 
contribute, according to their ability, to the support of all the benevo- 
lent objects that have the glory of God in view — the neglect of which, 
would incur the Divine displeasure, as unprofitable servants. 

JOSEPH THOxMPSON, Chairman. 

REPORT ON LETTERS AND MINISTERS OF CORRESPONDING ASSOCIATIONS. 

Your committee beg leave to report, that they find in the Welch 
Neck Association a very pleasing state of things. They have five mis- 
sionaries, and one agent for the board, in their bounds; and during the 
past year, received, by baptism, 374 members. From the Pee Dee and 
Goshen Associations, they have no intelligence. 

E. DAVIS, Chairman. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 
Your committee, to whom was referred the subject of missions, offer 
the following Report: — 
Through the providence of God, the condition of that people of 



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whom it is said, they shall be the Lord's inheritance, arc in a great 
rneasure made known to the people in Christendom. The hearts of 
christians under the influence of tiie Spirit of Christ, have united in 
different paris of the christian world, for the purpose of devising and 
executing such plans as they think most likely, under God, to aftbrd 
salvation to that people who are in darkness and the shadow of death. 
The Board of Managers in America, and many parts of the world un- 
der their patronage, have sent to idolatrous nations such individuals as 
they believe God has qualified for great usefulness. The object of the 
Board and missionaries, lias been to enlighten a benighted people. — 
The Board have selected missionaries, and they have gone forth to a 
considerable extent. They have established printing presses and 
preaching places, Sabbath and weekly schools and temperance socie- 
ties. The Scriptures and tracts are abundantly circulated. The hap- 
py consequences that have resulted, are almost innumerable. Among 
the various Indian tribes, religious instruction has had a blessed effect. 
Numbers of the inhabitants are converted to the religion of the Bible; 
among them are native preachers and assistants in Sabbath schools, &c. 
One circumstance we cannot pass unnoticed — that is, the Indian chief, 
who but a few years back would have delighted in sheathing his dirk, 
and burying his tomahawk in the body of the white man, is now disco- 
vered to manifest a brokenness of heart and contrition of spirit. He 
is now seen to bow in deep humility before God in imploring the sal- 
vation of his nation, and a blessing on those who had been instrument- 
al in his conversion. A similar effect is produced in other heathea 
lands, viz: in France, Germany, Greece, Africa, Burmah, &c. In- 
cluding the different nations, we feel ourselves safe in saying tliat thou- 
sands have been converted to God, and hundreds have become useful 
members of society. Very many are searching for, and receiving the 
means of instruction; evincinji, at the same time, strong indications to 
know the way of salvation. Your committee regret that they have not 
at present the means at iiand to enable them to give more information 
on the subject of missions, which, to them, would be truly gratifying. 
We are, however, truly gratified in receiving the information that re- 
/ cently the inhabitants of not less than fifty villages have thrown aside 
/ their idols. A considerable portion of them have received comfort 
/ from the means of grace, while others are earnestly seeking salvation. 
! The time has come when we can say, the wilderness and solitary place 
shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the 
rose. For more full and satisfactory information on the subject of 
missions, we refer the reader to tlie Baptist Magazine. Dear bretiiren, 
although much has been done, still much more remains to be done. Let 
the hands of those already at the plough, press forward with delight, 
while those who have delayed in the matter sliall come forward to the 
help of the Lord against the mighty. 

D. THAMES, Chairman. 



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REPORT ON COLLECTION OF ITEMS OF INTELLIGENCE. 

Your committee on Items of Intelligence, beg leave to Report, that 
this body, as an Association, is at peace within lierself and endeavoring 
to promote tiie benevolent instituiions of the day. 

The Sabbath Scliool cause is progressing and has entered a conside- 
rable number of her churches. One Society is honorable for having 
the three principal instructors initiated into the church the past sum- 
mer. how cheerin""! 

Tract Societies are on the decline, and we hear of but few who advo- 
cate their cause. 

The Bible cause is gaining ground: yet but few churches have intro- 
duced it. 

^The reading and patronizing religious periodicals, is more extensive 
at this time than at any period since the formation of this body. 

The Wake Forest institute was, at its beginning, denominated a 
Manual Labor School. The experience of five years having shown the 
utility, and, in some respects, the necessity of having a collegiate course 
of instruction engrafted in the School heretofore existing under the 
name of the "Vvake Forest Institute,'' application was made to the last 
session of the General Assembly of this State (N. C.) for an amended 
charter — including, among other provisions, the right to confer colle- 
geate distinctions. With a unanimity and liberality wliich do honour 
to our existing Legislature, the amendments asked for have been cheer- 
fully granted, and the Institution has thereby been placed on a new and 
advanced footing. It is now, in everj' proper sense of the expression, 
a college — enjoying all the privileges, and competent to confer all the 
literary honours common to seminaries of the same grade. The Man- 
ual Labor department heretofore connected with this school, has been 
suspended, and will continue so until a change of circumstances shall 
render its resumption proper. The agreement cf this body in 1829, 
recommending to each church the propriety of creating a fund in it 
for the purpose of remunerating those who may travel among anil preach 
to us the unsearchable riches of Christ, has gradually gone into effect, 
notwithstanding its nunicrous opposers, both clerical and la}'. Agents 
were appointed to advocate the mission cause: it being a laudable object, 
met divine approbation and encouragement. The fund has considera- 
bly increased, and we are able to send our itinerant most or all the As- 
sociation year. All th.e good that has been done, cannot be recorded. 
The number of chuixrics that have been added to this body since the 
mission cause began, is nearly tvi'enty. Such are some of its happy 
results. These, with the other Churches in N. C, will nearly com- 
pute forty thousand Ciiurch members. The advocates of tlie Temper- 
ance Refoi-mation are gradually increasing. The ministry are general- 
ly favourably disposed towards it. There has been a new society, or- 
ganized last February, by the name of "Brunswick County Temperance 
Society:"— the pledge is, "TOTAL ABSTINENCE;" the number of 
its members is nearly one hundred. Hail the news which our itenerant, 
Wm. Ayers, has brouglit from Brunswick County! 

IIAYNES LENNON, Chairman. 



REPORT OF FINANCIAL COMMITTEE. 

Remaining in the Treasury last year, S27 16 

Sent up by the churches this year for the Association Fundj 68 31 

For Home Missions, 151 00 

For Foreign IMissions, 2 00 

Sabbath Collection for Foreign Missions, 67 47 

Taken out of Association Fund for Bro. W. Avers, ' ^, 36 00 

J AS. PLtJMMER, Chairman. 

REPORT ON THE PRACTICABILITY AND EXPEDIENCY -OF HAVING THE HIS- 
TORY OF THIS ASSOCIATION PREPARED. , 

Your Committee having taken the subject of preparing a history of 
this Association under consideration, report that they do believe that it 
will be highly proper and useful to posterity to have a correct history 
of this Association prepared. 

S. JpJSENESRRY, Chairman. 

REPORT ON THE MATTER OF CHURCH LETTERS, AND THE STATE OF THE 
ASSOCIATION AS THEREBY INDICATED. 

The committee on Church Letters, and the aspect of the state of re- 
ligion as indicated thereby, beg leave to Report, tliat, having taken the 
subject under consideration, and having examined the letters from the 
various churches, feel authorised to say, (and with much gratitude to 
Almighty God,) that the aspect of the state of religion within the 
bounds of yotlr Association, is, indeed, highly cheering.. Notwithstand- 
ing some few of the churches comphiin of coldness and'barrenness, yet 
all give us the pleasing intelligence that brotherly love abounds among 
them with peace and much harmony; and many, very many, are in a 
most cheering and prosperous condition. Taking into view the low 
state of religion that has existed in the Association for some years 
past, we say, with confidence, that the present aspect of religion is 
prosperous in a high degree; and much of this apparent prosperity is at- 
tributable, and indeed attributed by the churches themselves, to your 
missionary operations; and your itineracy has been blessed of God, in 
in an extraordinary degree; and many immortal souls have been brought 
savingly to a knovv'ledge of the truth, and the Kingdom of God has 
been advanced and His name glorified through its instrumentality. — 
Your committee have ascertained that more than 500 persons have been 
received and baptised, by Brother Ayers alone, within the three years 
of his appointment, and that many others have been received by him, 
which were left for others to baptise. These, with but one missionary 
in the field, and much opposition to encounter, have been blessings be- 
yond the most sanguine expectations of the warmest friends — friends of 
missionary operations. Your committee would conclude by recom- 
mending; that this Association establish a regular system for itinerate 
operations, and endeavor to do still more tiian we liave ever done to 
send the gospel to every destitute church and neiglsborhood. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN SMiTil, Chairman. 



16 ;%" 

COJSiSTITUTIOJV of the DOMESTIC MIS ^OJ^ BOARD. 

The ministers and members of the Cape Fear Association, at their 
sessions of the year 1838, held at Bear Swamp church, seeing the bless- 
ed effects of tlieir itinerant missionary operations, although as yet in 
their infancy, and without a regular system to sustain or support them, ■ 
feel deeply their obligations to adopt a more regular and efficient sys- 
temj to which end resolved to form a Missionary Board, to be known 
and called tlie "Domestic Missionary Board of the Cape Fear Associa- 
tion,*" whose object shall be more efficiently to sustain the Itinerant 
Missionaries witliin the bounds of this Association, thereby to supply 
the destitute churches with the regular preaching of the gospel, and to 
rescue sinners from the dominion of Satan, and bring them to the 
knowledge of the truth-as it is in Christ Jesus our Lord. » 

ART. 1. x\ny church, benevolent society or individual contributing 
to the funds of the Board, at one time, five dollars, shall be entitled to 
one Representative in the Bo^fc for one year, and may continue to re- 
present themselves in it, ftmn year to year, as long as they pay 
this sum. If they contribute ten dollars, they are entitled to two 
members, and so on — one member for every five dollars paid — it being 
understood that the Representatives in the Board must be members in 
good standing in the Baptist church. The sum of thirty dollars paid 
at one time, shall constitute a life member. 

ART. 2. This Board shall hold its annual meetings at the time and 
place of the Cape Fear Association — at which time it sji^l]^ choose a 
Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall continue m office one 
year and until others, are appointed to fill their places. 

ART. 3. No person shall be received by the Board as a Missionary 
but such as are united to a church of our faith and order, and about 
■whose evangelical principles, piety, and qualifications, to be useful as 
a Minister of the Gospel, they are well satisfied. 

ART. 4. ft shall be obligatory on the Chairman and Secretary to 
perform the duties devolving on officers of the same grade in other well 
regulated deliberative assemblies. They should attend all the meet- 
ings of the Board; but in case of absense or inability, the Board may 
supply their places for the time being. In cases of emergency, the 
Chairman, with concurrence of the Secretary and Treasurer, may 
call a m.eeting of the Board. Five members of the Board shall form a 
quorum at any of its meetings. 

ART. 5. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive ajid have 
in safe keeping, the funds of the Board committed to his care, and keep 
a fair account of all his transactions, subject to the inspection of the 
Board at all times. He shall pay out no money, except at the order of 
the Chairmanj and when required, shall give bond and approved secu- 
rity for the amount of money in his hands. The Chairman shall only 
draw on h.im at the order of the Board: and in case of an emergency, 
th{j Chairman, with the concurrence of the Secretary and Treasurer, 
may call a meeting. 

ART. 6. Any alterations or amendments which experience may dictate, may be 
made in these Rules, provided it is done at an annual meeting of the Board, and with 
the content of two-thirds of the members present . 



M I N U T E S 



OF THE 



CAPE FEAR BAPTrST ASSOCIATION, 



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AT 



CROSS ROADS* 



COLUMBUS COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 



OCTOBER Olli, lOtli, 11th and 12tb, 



HB^QJi 






f AYETTEVILLE : 

PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE, 

1840. 



MI n ss" isr i^? n ^ 



FRIDAY, October 9, 1840. 

1. The Introductory Sermon was delivered by E. Davis, from Psalm 
48, — 14th verse: "For this God is our God forever and ever. He will 
he our guide even unto death." 

2. After the lapse of a few Minutes, the Association was called to or- 
der by the Moderator S. Mims, and a majority of the Churches being re- 
presented, brother D. Hays, at the request of the Moderator, addressed 
the Throne of Grace. 

3. Appointed R. Melvin, R. Wt)oten and N. L. Williamson a Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

4. Called for and read the Church Letters, and enrolled the names of 
Delegates. 

5. Received two newly constituted Churches, viz: Bethkl, in Bruns- 
wick Count}/, N. C, Mount Pisgah, in Robeson County, N. C. 

6. Proceeded to the election of Officers, which resulted as follows:^ 
Samuel Mims, Moderator; James McDaniel, Clerk; Hays Lennon, As- 
sistant Clerk. 

7. Iijvited corresponding and visiting brethren to a seat. 

8. Appointed J. E. Lennon, .T. M. LennoR, .Joshua Williamson, R. 
Wooten, R. Melvin and N. L. Williamson a committee to select preach- 
ers for the stage during the present session of the Association. 

9. Appointed a committee, eonsistine of D. Hays, A, King, W. Ayres, 
J. Hill, J. F. MeCall, D. Lennon and Joel Bennett, to visit the White- 
ville Church, and endeavor to resu&eltate the Church, and report at the 
next session of the Association. 

10. Appointed committees on the following subjects: — On the state of 
Religion as indicated by the Church Letters, H. Lennon, D. Hays and 
N. Martin. On the special changes in the Association during the past 
year, A. B. Stephens, A. King and B. Freeman. On Home Missions, 
D. Hays, Jas. Beach and R. McRacken. On Ministerial location, W. 
Ayres, R. Wooten and Jas. Ellis. 

Adjiouraed to Saturday morning, 10 o'clock. Prayerby bro. D. Lennon. 



SATURDAY MORNING. 

Met ■pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by brother Ayres. 
11. Information was sought of the Association in relation to the fol- 
lowing points: — 

Whteu a charge is brought into the Church against a member, and found 



groiinilless, and is thrown out, is it proper to raise it up affain? Answer — 
Jt may be renewed, on special evidence, not before obtained. 

Is it if) order for a part of tiie members of a Churcli to form themselves 
into a society for the support of benevolent Institutions, when the rest are 
disaflected towards such institutions? Answer — It is; yet the members 
favorable to these Institutions, if they be the majority, should not inter- 
fere ivith the others. 

When a minority of members belonging to a Baptist Church, on ac- 
count of signing the Temperance pledge, are excluded by the majority, 
what steps are to he taken with those excluded members? Answer — 7 he 
exclusion ivoidd be improper, and the mojorily would be quite out of or- 
der. Further information may be found in the AJimdes of last year. 

Is it proper for a Church to open a door for the reception of members 
in the absence of a pastor? Answer — It is. 

Is it proper for a Church to take testimony from the world against a 
member? or how far should a Church go in relation to such evidence? 
Answer — The Church is presumed to be competent to judge in relation 
to the testimony, and shoidd judge of its character ivithout respect to 
the fact whether it comes froin a professor or worldling, aiid should pro- 
of ed accordingly. 

The above points were discussed in much harmony, and the answers 
given unanimously. 

Tlie following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted: — 

Whereas, certain abolition Baptists at the North have, in opprobrious 
epithets, denounced all Southern slaveholding Bapiists, and in a manner 
equally fraught with self-importance aad presumption, have cast ofl' all 
fellowship towards us: 

Therefore Resolved, That it is expedient we give an expression of the 
uncjualified disapprobation we entertain of both the principles and move- 
ments of these abolitionists. 

Resolved, also. That it is expedient they be regarded by the Baptist 
Denomination throughout the United States as ''busy bodies in other 
men^s matters,'^ in very highly reprehensible instances, and that this our 
estimate of tliem be spoken out to the world in language that may not be 
misunderstood. 

Resolved , furthermore. That in our opinion, the Editor of the Biblical 
Recorder & Southern Watchman has contributed much to the promotion 
of order, propriety, and the interests of truth, by his able and unanswer- 
able articles against those schismatics, and that the ground occupied in 
his articles, is the ground for the Baptists generally and unitedly to oc- 
cupy. 

12. Called for the Reports of the Itinerants, which were read, and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutes. 

13. Agreed to alter the time of the session of this Association to the 
Friday before the 1st Sunday in October. 

14. Agreed that the next session of tiiis Association be at Seven Creeks, 
Columbus County, N. C, on Friday'' before the 1st Sunday in October, 
1841. D. Hays to preach the Introductory Sermon, — J. F. McColl his 
alternate. Service to commence at 1 1 o'clock, A. M. 

Appointed W. Avers to preach a Serinon on Temperance, at 10 o'- 



clock on Sunday morning, at next session of this Association. A. B. 
Stepliens his alternate. 

Appointed Jas. McDaniel to preach the Charity Sermon at 12 o'clock 
on Sabbath, at next session ol'this Association, — D. Hays liis alternate. 

15. Committee on Ministerial location reported. Report accepted and 
ordered to be apj)ended to these Minutes. 

Adjourned to Monday morning, 9 o'clock. Prayer by brother McCall. 

SABBATH. 

The weatlier was very favourable, and a great concourse of people at- 
tended. The services were opened by W. Ayers, in a discourse from 
Luke, 17th chapter, 26th verse: "And as it was in the days of Noah, so 
shall it also be in the days of the son of man." Jas. McDaniel folio ived, 
and delivered the Charity Sermon, founded on Matthew, 24th chapter, 
14th verse: "And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all 
the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." 
A collection was then taken up, which was highly creditable to those in 
attendance. The names of those who contributed as much as a dollar 
each are found below. 

The services were closed with a discourse by A. King, founded on 
Mark, lOlh chapter, 49tli and 50lh verses: "Be of good comfort, rise; he 
callelh thee. And he, casting away his garments, rose and came to Jesus." 

List referred to above. 

23. S. Stanaland, $3 00 

24. A. Powell, 1 00 

25. C. McRae, 1 00 

26. A. B. Stephens, 1 00 

27. A. King, • 1 00 

28. S. T. Stanaland, 1 00 

29. D. M. Edge, Sr., 1 00 

30. William Minis, 1 00 
1 00 31. Daniel Shipman, 1 00 

32. James Beach, 1 00 

33. John Westcat, 1 00 

34. Moses McKethen, 1 00 

35. Timothy Griffin, 1 00 

36. Norman Martin, 1 00 
1 00 37. William Ayres, 1 00 

38. Thomas Ayres, 1 00 

17. Benj.lvcy of Brunswick, 1 00 39. D. B. Avres, 1 00 

18. R, M. McRackin, 1 00 40. James McDaniel, 1 00 

19. J. W. Smith, 1 00 41. J. F. McCall, 1 00 

20. George Parker, 1 00 42. Haynes Lennon, 3 00 

21. Samuel Mims, 1 00 43. Hezekiah Woodward, 1 00 

22. Mary Stephens, relict of 44. J. AV, Gause, 1 00 

C. Stephens, I 00 45. Ann King, 1 00 



1. 


Levi Mears, 


$1 


00 


2. 


Luke High, 




00 


3. 


Benajah Ellis, 




00 


4. 


Lott B. Lennon, 




00 


5. 


Furney Prevatt, 




00 


6. 


Jesse Jones, 




00 


7. 


Hayes Shioman, 




00 


8. 


A. F. Povvell, 




00 


9. 


Neill Kelly, 




00 


10. 


Micajah Long, 




00 


11. 


Anthony Clemings, 




00 


12. 


Richard Wooten, 




00 


13. 


Robert Melvin, 




00 


14. 


Nathan L. Williamson, 




00 


15. 


Moses Jones, 




00 


16. 


Etheldred Bozeman, 




00 



MONDAY MORNING. 

Met ])ursuant to adjournment. I'rayer by brother Dusenberry. 

16. Committee on the Slate of Religion in the Association reported. 
Report accei)te(J and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

17. Committee on Home Missions reported. Report accepted and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutes. 

18. Appointed Delegates to Corresponding Associations. To the Pee 
Dee Association, to be lield at Cedar Creek, Anson County — F. Prevatt 
and H. Woodward; To Welsh Neck Association — D. Hays, R. McRack- 
en, A. King and M. Watson. To the Goshen Association, Delegates 
would have been appointed, but the session of this Association being al- 
tered to the Friday before the 1st Sabbath in October, it was not known 
but that both Associations wouUl be at the same time. 

19. Agreed that 800 copies of these Minutes be printed, and left in 
packages at Boon & Breece's Store in Fayetteville; — James McDaniel to 
superintend the printing of the Minutes. 

20. Agreed that the Cderk have $15 for his services. 

21. Iie>iolved, That this Association observe the Fridav before the se- 
cond Sunday in April next as a day of Fasting and Prayer for a revival 
of Religion in the Association. 

22. Appointed Delegates to the Board of the State Convention, to be 
lield in Raleigh Saturday before the 5th Sabbath in November, — D. Hays, 
H. Lennon, R. Melvin, A. Paul, R. McRackea and S. Mims, — T. Mc- 
Daniel the alternate. 

23. xVgreed that the iVIonies on hand for ?>Iissionary purposes be ap- 
propriated as follows: To Home ?.Iistiions, S40; to Foreign Missions, 
§20; to Education, ^S. 

24. Ordered that the Funds for }Jissionary purposes be paid into the 
hands q^ the Clerk. 

25. The Financial Committee reported. Report accepted and order- 
ed to be appended to these Minutes. 

T!ie subject of /^ecf-zrf/v/i/»:^ was introduced and discussed to consid- 
erable extent. Tlie yeas and nays were then called for on the question 
■whether it is deemed an ordinance of the Church, to be practised in the 
Clinrch lilerally, with basin, water, and toivel? There were but three 
■ivlio voted the opinion that it should be regarded a Church ordinance, to 
be praciised literally, with basin, ivater, and ioivtl. So unanimous was 
the Association against it as prai;tiscd by some. 

Wkf.rf.as, in the opinion of iliis Association, it would be of great. a<l- 
vanta2;e for the Baptist Ciiurches lo adopt one collection of Hvmns: 

Therefore BesoJoed, That we recommend to tlie Churches in this As- 
sociation, the Hymn Book called Watts and Rippon, which is indeed the 
most valuable of any extant. 

They mny be had at brother ^Qmos Jessiip' s Store, Fayelteville, N'. C. 

26. Agreed tliat the Association suspend (for the necessary spare of 
time) their proceedings, to give place for a session of tlie Board of Do- 
rnestic INIis^ions connected with the Association. 



Domestic Mission Board. 

Samuel Mims was called to the Chair and James IMcDaniel appointed 
Secretary. 

Appointed B. Ivey, R. Melvin and L. AVilliams a Committee on Fi- 
nance. 

Delegates or representatives of various Churches, and also individuals, 
came forward and presented their funds. 

Ashpule — per H. Lennon, ... g30 00 

D. Hays, 

Moses Warrick, . . - 

• Elias Carlisle, . - - 

Jacob Freeman, . . - 

Eiias Davis, - . - - 

Cross Roads Church, .... 
Samuel Dusenberry, - . - 

Beaver Dam Church, Columbus County, 
• Porter Swamp Church, . . - 

Benjamin Ivey, ... 

Michael Ward, ... 

S. B. Stanaland, ... 

D. Tiiames, - - - - 

S. Mims, ... - 

James McDaniel, ... 
F. D. Breece, - - - 

Spring Branch Church — per J. Johnson, 
Sharon Church — per J. B. Edge, 
Simpson's Creek Church — per M. Reaves, 
Mount Pisgah, Brunswick County, 
Shiloh, . . : . . 

Report of the Executive Committee was called for, presented, and or- 
dered to be printed. — (See appendix.) 

Paid into the liands of the Alissionaries the funds which, in conse- 
quence of some subscriptions not being handed in, did not quite satisl'y 
the claims upon the Board. 

Receipts were taken from the Missionaries for the amount paid them, 
■which receipts are in the hands of the Secretary. 

Appointed D. Hays and A. King Missionaries to ride in the bounds of 
the Association. Agreed that 22 days' service in each month durincr 
their employ be required of each one, and tliat each have $1 per day. A- 
greed that D. Hays ride the circuit appropriated the past year to brother 
Stephens, and A. King in his former circuit. Provided the Missionaries 
may wish to exchange at times, they are at liberty to do so. 

Agreed that the IMissionaries act as Agents for the Board, and exert 
themselves to increase the funds. 

Appointed an Executive Committee, consisting of M. Hewitt, J. Wil- 
liams and D. M. Edge. 

Appointed H. Lennon Treasurer of the Board. 

The Board adjourned to meet at time and place of the next session of 
the Association. 



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00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


10 


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10 


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5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


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5 


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8 

The Association llipn came into session. 

27. Conunittee on Special Changes reported. Report accepted and 
ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

28. Voted that the thanks of the Association be presented to the inhnb* 
itants of this region, for the very hospitable entertainment they have fur- 
nislied the Association during the session. 

Adjourned to time and place aforementioned. Prayer by James Mc- 
Daniel. 

Thus closed one of the most harmonious and happy sessions the As- 
sociation has ever held. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 

JAMES McDANIEL, Clerk. 



9 



A r r E N D i X . 



~—»t9@i<'"— 



REPORT of Financial CommilLec. 
Remaining in the Treasury last j-eav, - - - $19 47 ^ 

Sent lip by the Churches this year for Association Fund, 55 12^ 

Collection on Sabbath, 61 01 

For Education, 2 00 « 

R. MEL YIN, Chairman. 

REPORT on Home Blissions. 
Your Committee deem it very important that the Home Mission cause 
be sustained in the bounds of this Association. It is a kind of mainspring 
of all the valuable movements of the Association. Let it be broken — let 
it be dissolved, and the whole machinery will be materially affected. — 
Great good has already resulted from it, and we believe that still greater 
good will yet be effected by it, if continued. True, there are some who 
are disaffected towards it, and do nothing for its support; but hap])ily they 
are the few. The majority are in favor of it, and doubtless all will ere 
long become so, if it be continued. Respectfully submitted, 

D. HAYS, Chairman, 

REPORT of Committee on Special Changes. 

Your Committee on Special Changes in the bounds of the Association 
since the last session, submit the following: — 

The attention of all the friends of benevolence is called in terms more 
to be felt than expressed, to take into consideration the death of our much 
esteemed brother Charles McAlister. Long was he connected with the 
Association, and much did he labour to promote its im[)rovement and use- 
fulness. He was active in all the improvements of the day — his heart 
and purse were open to the cries of the needy — his contributions to be- 
nevolent institutions were bountiful and untiring, and his zeal for the in- 
terests of the denomination of which he was a member, peculiarly strong. 
After a life of considerable length, and peculiar usefulness, he now sleeps 
with the dead. He died on the 25th of August, by a short but very se- 
vere attack of bilious fever. 

Another change we are loudly called on to notice, relates to our aged and 
beloved brother Darius Ayres, father of Rev. W. Ayres. Truly it may 
be said he was a Father in Israel. He was richly laden with benevo- 
lence; and when death came, like good Simon, he was ready to depart in 
peace, having seen the Lord's Christ. His prayer was "Thy will, O 
Lord, be done!" His death was peculiarly peaceful and happy — an il- 
lustrious exhibition of the power of true Religion to support and beatify 
its possessor even in death. 
2 



10 '- 

A lliiinl un'ei'lintr clianjrc Ave are called to nolioc and iTcord, relates 1o 
two young hreihr(Mi. Jo.^luia Singletary and Jas. S. B. Leniion, who in 
the very blooiii of life, vvilh fair prospects and possessiiig much promise, 
Jiave, in the niyslerious j)rovidence of Ciod, been called to an early grave, 
liiberal in their dispositions, aiid possessed of qilalifiations for usefulness, 
their death is no small bereavement. 

While those connected with the Association are thus one after another 
poiiiLT, ma}' we who remain lie active, at)d do uilli our mjght what our 
hands lind to do. The night cometh when no man can work. 

A. B. STEPHENS, Chairman. 

nEPOFiT on Muihttrlul Location. 



Cii rum IS. 


Pastohs. 


0kda]:3ates. 


I.ItLNTlATF.S. 


Sli'I'LT. 


Ashpole. 


V\ in. Ayres. 


A. B. btepheas. 


F. Prevatt. 




NacJiile Tiee, 






H. Lenfion. 


Win, Ay res. 


liiiJ itiautli, 




D. Kays. 


\Vm. Bullaid. 


Win. Ay res. 


l.elianoij. 








Wm. Ayre^;. 


Macedonia, 








Jno. McCulL 


2'leasam Li ton c, 








J. Koger.s. 


Elieiu'/er, 








J. Kodgeis, 


Mouiil Eiiam, 






I. Stone. 


D. Leiiiioii, 


Braver Darn, 








Joel Hill. 


HickovY tirove, 


E. T)avi,=. 








Cross Koad^, 


1). Lenuou. 




Geo. L. Broivn. 




Suveu Creeks, 






y. Lusenberry. 


John Lee, 


Mount Zif)n, 








E. Davis.. 


Ijeavtr Dam, 










Portei Suamp, 








A. B. Stephens, 


JMeasaiu Plains, 


Joel Hill. 








Iron Hill X; Koads, 






Oliver Tamer. 


Joel Hill. 


Mount 'I'abur, 








J. Hill. . 


Mill Creek, 


A. Eobins. 








JNew Briiain, 




Joel Bennett. 


B. Ward. 


A. King.. 


tShaloate, 






Wm. Mince. 




Beulah, 








A. Kin-.. 


Cape Fear, 








D. Thames, 


Fayetteville, 


J. McDariiel. 




James S. Mims. 




Bear tSv^aijip, 




J. Rodgcrs. 




W'm. Ayrcs. 


Saw Mill, 






D. Hartsfield. 




Hones Camp, 


J. F. McCall. 








Good Hope, 






C. Allen. 




fc>prin!j branch, 




Julm Lee. 




Wm. Ay res. 


fSalem, 








Jno. Woodward, 


Buck Creek, 








Jno. Lee. 


hiiaroii. 


A. King. 




D. B. Wonten. 




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Hl.iloh, 








D. Thames. 


Mount Pi.-=gah, 


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Bethel, 








A. Kinf^. 



II 

HE PORT of Executive Committee of the Domestic 3Iisiiion Board. 

We, the Executive Committee of the Board of the Cape Fear Baptist 
Association, met on the evening of November 10, according to appoint- 
ment, at brother Dwight Hays", and made the division submitted to us, 
between the Northern and Southern Circuits, whose line shall commence 
at Spring Branch, Horry District, S. ('. and run East by Porter Swamp, 
and then to the Prong Hill, Cokunbus County, N. C. 

Appointed brother Abel King to ride in the Southern Circuit, 

Appointed brother A. B. Stephens to ride in the Northern (^irruit. 

Also, we recommend these brethren to deliver a Missionary Sermon in 
•each of their respective Churches, and properly lay open the ol)jects of 
Home Missions. 

Further, we recommend them to circulate subscriptions in behalf of 
said Mission. 

Rev, DWIGHT HAYS, Chairmcm, 

REPORT of Committee on the Stole of Religion in the ..'Association, 

Your Committee on the State of Religion in this Association beg leave 
to report: — 

That although the statistical returns from the Churches do not indicate 
any very great improvement in the state of Religion, yet the C'ommiltee 
feel no hesitancy in saying, that there is a very pleasing improvement. 

The Ministry are more pcdnted and practical in the character of their 
preaching. 

The members are becominji more enliahtened — more active and zeal- 
ous — and there is now more union of sentiment and feeling than has been 
-at any previous time. 

During a large portion of the past year, two Missionaries have been 
•operatiag within the bounds of the Association. Their reports are of a 
favorable character. 

The approbation of Missionary or)Prations is extending. Many who, 
some time ago, were disaiiected towards such operations, now speak com- 
mendatory of them. 

The 'Tewpcrance reformation is evidently on the advance, and several 
of the Churches have very ilourishing Societies oa the principle of To- 
tal Abstinenci:. 

A few of the Churches sustain Sabbath Schools and regular Prayer 
Meetings. 

There are connected with this Association fortv-one Cliurches, four- 
teen ordained Ministers, thirteen Licentiates, and about two thousand 
eight hundred Communicants. 

On comparing the present stale of things with what it was a few years 
rgo, there is abundant cause of gratitude to Almiglity God for what has 
already been accomplished, and great ground of encouragement to press 
forward, in confidence that greater things will, under the blessing of God, 
yet be accomplished. 

All of which is respectfullv submitted. 

HAYNES LE:;NCN, Chairman. 



12 

A. B. Stephens' Report. 
Beloved Brethrem composing the Cape Fear Association: 

The time lias arrived when it becomes my duty to lay 
before you an account of my Missionary labours during the past vear. 

Conformable to the orders of the Executive Committee of the JDomes- 
tic Board, I commenced my labours on the 1st of January, 1840, confin- 
ing myself to the Churches in the district or circuit given me by said 
Committee; and during my attendance on my Missionary lour, my meet- 
ings liave been well attended, and I have had the pleasure to hear some 
persons relate what the Lord Iiad done for them. 

I have filled the appointment that your Committee gave me. Since your 
last session, I have travelled 166 days, preached 127 Sermons, and bap- 
tized 7 persons. 

Although I have not had flourisliing revivals in the field of my labours, 
I can say that the pi'ospects appear cheering and delightful. The pre- 
sent state of the Churches in general seems to be flattering, and from the 
command of our Lord and iMaster, together with the prospects arising 
from the promise Mat, XXVIII, 19 — 20, I would say, (with zeal for the 
glory of God and the salvation of souls,) carry on the Missionary and be- 
nevolent institutions of the day, for Christ's sake. 

In my conclusion, permit me to say, that the Lord hath done great 
things for us, whereof we are glad. 

And now, dear brethren, suffer me to offer my sincere thanks, both to 
the Association and to the brethren within the bounds of the circuit 
wherein my labours have been performed, for the cordial reception of me 
as their Itinerant and Missionary for the past year, — and "may the Lord 
bless his word until all shall come to know, confess and serve him, in 
spirit and in truth, fur Christ's sake. 

Yours in the bonds of the Gospel. 

A. B, STEPHENS. 

A. Kwg^s Report. 
To THE Cape Fear Baptist Association: 

Bear Brethren — On the 1st day of January I entered the field assigned 
me by the Executive Commitiee of tlie Domestic Board, as your Mission- 
ary. The month being extreme!}- cold, very little good seemed to be ef- 
fected; for my congregations were, as a natural consequence of the in- 
clemency of the weather, generally quite small. But as the weather be- 
came more favorat^le, my congregations increased in proportion. I would 
here remark, that they would have been still larger in the Spring than 
they were, had it not been for the wet weather, which was such that 
many were kept from the house of God on week days, in order to attend 
to their crops. I was compelled to fail attending some of my appoint- 
" inents on account of deeo waters. Towards the close of mv term of 
Missionary service, my congregations were very encouraging, and I have 
'been permitted to hear numbers tell what the Lord had done for their 
souls; v/hile I have seen sinners tremble and saints rejoice. 

I closed my term the lOtli of June, but seeing the great necessity for 
*' ministerial labour, I continued on to the (lose of the Associational year, 
^ flTflng stronrlv solicited bv many Ch.urches.) 



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lo 

I have therefore IravcUed in all 190 days, preachetl 225 Sermnnp, and 
baptised 71 persons, and aided in the constitution of one Church in Bruns- 
wick County. I have received from Churches, Congregations and indi- 
viduals, since the expiration of my term for the Association, $15 12| cts. 
The present state of things in the bounds of the Association calls loudly 
for a continuance of Missionary operations. 

Permit me, in closing, to tender you my thanks for the honor conferred 
on me by being appointed your Missionary the past year. And the Lord 
grant his smiles upon the labours bestowed, and bless them and you, is 
the sincere prayer of your brother in Christ. 

ABEL KING. 



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J\I I N U T E S 



OF THE 



CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

AT 

Seven Creeks, 

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 
On the 1st, 2d, 3d, and lib days of OCTOBER, 



FAtETTEVILLE '. 

PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE. 
1841. 



]M 1 N U T E S . 

FRIDAY, October 1, 1841. 

1. At the opening of the Session, a discourse was delivered by J. F. 
McCall, on tlie 16th verse of the fourth chapter of Esther. 

2. A few minutes after the close of the discourse, the Delegates, at the 
request of the Moderator, S. Minis, assumed their seats, when the throne 
of grace was addressed by A. King. 

3. The Moderator then announced as the Financial Committee, N. L. 
Williamson, J. Beach, and Joel R. Reavs. 

4. Tlie Clerk being absent because of sickness, H. Lennon was cho- 
sen Clerk, pro. tem. 

5. The Letters from the Churches were then called for and read, and 
the names of Delegates enrolled. 

6. Received one newly constituted Church, viz: Bethel, in Bladen 
County, N. C. 

7. Elected Officers for the ensuing year: Samuel Mims, Moderator; 
James McDaniel, Clerk; Haynes Lennon, Treasurer. H. Jjennon con- 
tinued to act as Clerk, j)ro. tem. and Robert McRackan acted as Assist- 
ant Clerk. 

8. A committee to select Preachers for the stage during the Session, 
Was announced by the Moderator, — N. L. Williamson, J. Beach, J. R. 
Reavs, M. Long, and J. Long. 

9. An invitation was extended by the Moderator to corresponding and 
visiting brethren, to a seat. Accepted by D. Coleman and H. Cox, 

■ from VVelsh Neck Association. 

10. The following committees were appointed: On the selection of I- 
tinerants for the ensuing year, M. Hewitt, J. C. Averitt, and M. Watson; 
on the state of Religion in the bounds of the Association, as indicated by 
the Letters, R. McRackan, S. Dusenberry, and A. Clemmons; on the spe- 
cial changes in the Association during the past year, W. Ayers,M. Wat- 
son, and J. Mills; on Ministerial location, B. Freeman, D. Hays, and 
H. Woodward; on Benevolent Institutions, A. King, H. Lennon, and S. 
Dusenberry; on the Itineracy, R, Melvin, D. R. Newton, and B. Ivey. 

Adjourned to Saturday morning, 10 o'clock. 
Prayer by H. Woodward. 

SATURDAY. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by J. F. McCall. 

11. Called for the Reports of the Itinerants; which were presented, 
read, approved, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

IS. Ordered that the Constitution znA Rules of Decoru7n oi this Asso- 
clation be appended to these Minutes. 

13. Appointed Jas. McDaniel to prepare a Circular Letter, on the fi- 
nal persevcrence oj the Saints, to be presented at the next Session. 



The fullowiiigrccommpndation was proposed nnd unanimonsly approved: 
Whereas, our beloved brother Samuel Duseiiberry, has made known 

to us his intention of travelling to the North: 

Therefore, agreed. That we recommend him to the respect and favour 

of the Baptist denomination, as an orderly member of our body. 

14. Report of the committee to visit the VVhiteville Church was called 
for, and finding difficulties still existing, D. Lennon, W. Ayers, and J. 
¥. McCall were appointed to visit her, to effect a reconciliation, and to 
report at next Session. 

15. Agreed that the next Session of this Association be at Beaver Dam, 
B'aden County, N. C, on Friday before the 1st Sunday in October, 
1842. D. Hays to preach the Introductory Sermon. Service to com- 
mence at 11 o'clock, A. M. Appointed .Tas. McDaniel to preach the 
Charity Sermon, at 12 o'clock on Sabbath, at the next Session of this 
Association; W. Ayers his alternate. 

16. Agreed to suspend business (for the necessary space of time,) to 
give place for a session of the Domestic Mission Board, connected with 
the Association. 

DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

Robert McRackan was called to the Chair, and Haynes Lennon was 
ap )ointed Secretary; Jas. McDaniel, Treasurer, — Samuel Mims, 'i'reasu- 
rer, pro, tew. 

Appointed B. Freeman, J. C. Averitt, and H. Woodward, Committee 
of Finance. 

Delegates, or representatives of various Churches, and individuals, 
cime forward and presented their contributions. 

D. Hays, Itinerant in 

Northern Circuit, i 

A. King, Itinerant in 

Southern Circuit, 
Ashpole, per H. I/ennon, 
Mill Creek Church, 
Spring Branch Church, 
Sharon Church, 
Mount Pisgah Church, 

Brunswick County, 
Honey Camp Chtirch, 
Cheerful Hope Church, 
Mount Tabor Church, 
Robeson Union Meeting, 

Adjourned to 12 o'clock, Monday. 

The Association tlien resumed business. 

17. Agreed that 1000 copies of these Minutes be printed, and left in 
packages at the Store of Boon & Breece, in Fayetteville; — Jas. McDan- 
iel to superintend the printing of them. 

18. Agreed that the Clerk have $15 for his services. 

19. Appointed Delegates to Corresponding Associations, viz: — To 
Welsh Neck, D. Hays, R. McRackan, H. Lennon, Jas. 0. Hale, and 





Bethel Church, 


$5 00 


82 05| 


New Britain Church, 


5 00 




D. Hays, 


15 00 


26 00 


M. Warwick, 


5 00 


20 00 


S. Dusenberry, 


5 00 


5 00 


S. B. Stanaland, 


5 00 


5 00 


J. C. Averitt, 


5 00 


10 00 


S. Mims, 


10 00 




Jas. McDaniel, 


5 00 


10 00 


Geo. Warwick, 


5 00 


5 00 


R. Melvin, 


5 00 


5 00 


H. Woodward, 


5 m 


4 00 


Thos. Britt, 


4 00 


9 311 


W. T. Ellsworth, 


50 



Jno. McDaniel; To Pee Dee, F. Prevatl, J. R. Watson, and D. Hays; 
To Goshen, R. Mclvin, J. C. Averitt, and W. Biyun. 
Adjourned to 9 o'clock, Monday morning. 

SABBATH. 

The weather being very unfavorable, the congrecration was not as larsre 
as on former occasions. The services were ojiened liy W. Avers, with 
a discourse on Matt, xvi., IG — 19. D. Hays followed, with a disconrse 
on behalf of Missions, on i\Jark xvi., 15. At the close of the discourse, 
a collection was taken up, and the names of those who contributed as 
much as one dollar each, are found below. The services were closed by 
A. King, with a discourse on Col. i., 28. 



R. Melvin, 


■ SI 


00 


J. G. Gore, 


- $1 00 


H. Lennon, 


.3 


00 


N. L. Williamson, 


1 00 


H. Woodward, - 


1 


00 


J. Beach, 


1 00 


A. King, 


1 


00 


Thos. Avers, - 


1 00 


W. Frink, 


1 


00 


Ellis Lay, 


1 00 


F. Prevalt, 


1 


00 


B. Ivey, 


1 00 


.T. F, McCall, - 


1 


00 


D. B. Newton, - 


1 00 


W. T. Ellsworth, 


1 


00 


W. Hukman, - 


1 00 


G. L. Brown, - 


1 


00 


D. B. Ayers, - 


1 00 


S. T. Stanaland, 


1 


00 


S. Miniz, 


1 00 


H. Stanaland, - 


1 


00 


T. S. Memorv, - 


1 00 


J. Stanaland, 


1 


00 


J.B.Ellis, ' - 


1 00 


Amelia Stanaland, 


1 


00 


W. Ayers, 


1 00 


J. Williamson, - 


1 


00 


R. McRackan, - 


1 00 


J. C. Averitt, - 


1 


00 


S. B. Stanaland, 


1 00 



Since the adjournment of the Association, a letter enclosing One Dol- 
lar, from A. B. Stephens, (for Foreign Missions,) has been received by 
.Tas. McDaniel. It shall be handed over to Treasurer of Con. at oppor- 
tunity. 

MONDAY MORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by J. F. McCall. 

20. Committee on the State of Religion in the Association, reported. 
Report accepted, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

21. Committee on Ministerial TiOcation reported. Report accepted, 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

22. Information was sought of the Association on the following points: 
By D. Hays — "What constitutes a licensed Preacher?" Answer — "/n 

the opinion of the Association, an individual may not be recos:nized a 
licensed Preacher unless he have ivritten credentials from the Church of 
which he is a member.''^ 

By A. King — "What number of Ministers is necessary to'eonstitute a 
- Presbytery to ordain a Deacon?" Answer — '■'One may do it; but ivhere 
it is not very inconvenient, xve recommend more.'" 

23. Committee on Special Changes reported. Report accepted, and 
ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 



1i. Cominittpe on benevolent Institutions reported. Report accepted, 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

25. Resolved, Tiiat this Association observe the Friday before the se- 
cond Sunday in April as a day of Fasting and Prayer, for a Revival of 
Religion in all the Churches. 

26. Appointed G. W. Hill, Joseph Gause and J.C. Averitt, Delegates 
to the Baptist State Convention, to be held at Joiinson Liberty, Friday 
before the 3d Sabbath in this niontli. 

27. Agreed that the means on han'l for Missionary purposes be appro- 
priated as follows: To Home Missions, $15; To Foreign Missions, $15; 
To Education, $7 17. 

28. Ordered that the funds for Missionary purposes be paid into the 
hands of Jas. McDaniel. 

29. Agreed to suspend business for a short time, to give place to the 
Domestic Mission Board. 

DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. 

Committee of Finance reported. Report accepted, and ordered to be 
appended to these Minutes. 

Invitation was given to persons wishing to become members of the 
Board. 

Agreed to pay D. Hays the full amount specified in his Report as Itin- 
erant. Also, that he be allowed the additional sum of $22, for the month 
of January last, which was lost on account of the indisposition of his 
family. 

Agreed that we pay A. King the full amount due hira as per report of 
his agency. 

Receipts were taken from the Itinerants, which are in the hands of the 
Treasurer. 

Committee on the selection of Itinerants for the ensuing year reported. 
Report accepted. 

Appointed D. Hays, J. D- Coleman, and Wm. Ayers, Itinerants. A- 
greed that D. Hays ride the Northern Circuit; J. D. Coleman the South- 
ern Circuit, and Wm. Ayers to divide his time between the two Circuits. 
Agreed that each Itinerant act as Agent for the Board. 
Agreed that 22 days' service in each month, during their employ, be 
required of D. Hays and J. D. Coleman, and that they be allowed each 
$1 per day. 

Appointed an Executive Committee, consisting of R. McRackan, H. 
Lennon, S. Minis, and R. Melvin. 

Ordered, that the Executive Committee meet and confer with each o- 
ther at least once during the year. 

The Board then adjourned, to meet at the time and place of the next 
session of the Association. 

The Association resumed business. 

30. Financial Committee reported. Report accepted, and ordered to 
be appended to these Minutes. 

31. Agreed that we appropriate $39 261- of the Associational Fund to 
ihe Board of Domestic Missions. 



32. Ordered, tliat the moneys belonging to this Association be paid in- 
to llie hands of the Treasurer. 

33. A request was presented by Norman Martin, from the Pleasant 
Grove Church, that the Association would take into consideration the ex- 
pediency of ordaining Stephen D. Collins. The Association commend- 
ed the conduct of those who liad refused to ordain him. 

34. Appointed a Committee, consisting of H. Lennon, H. Woodward, 
S. Uusenberry, VV. Ayers, F. Prevatt, and M. Watson, to visit the Pleas- 
ant Grove Church, to etfect a change in her views and course in refer- 
ence to said Collins, to which the Association take exception. 

35. Voted that tlie thanks of the Association be presented tlie inhabi- 
tants of this vicinity for their hospitable entertainment of the Association 
during the Session. 

Adjourned to lime and place above specified. Prayer by W. Avers. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Modcrutor, 
HAYNES LENNON, Clerk, pro. tern. 



ATPE NDIX. 






REPORT of Committee on Special Changes. 

During every Associational year, events transpire of a very varied charac-^ 
ter. Some are atHictive — others are joyous. We have the mournful task 
to record the ravages of death in the Association the past year. Our be- 
loved brother. Elder David Thames, is gone. He died in November; — 
but he has left behind, the evidence that our loss is his gain — that from 
the Association on earth, he is removed to that of Heaven. Like the 
faithful Apostle Paul, he was ready, and his dying exercises were prayer 
for Ins neighbours. 

We have also to record the death of our beloved brother, Abraham 
Journigen, who was for years a Deacon in the Church of Christ, which 
office he filled in such a manner as to secure to himself the esteem of 
those acquainted with him. He left this land of affliction and tears iij 
June. 

From the graves of these servants of God, tliere comes a voice to the 
members of this Association — it is this, "Be ye also ready." 

But we are permitted to record some events of the past year, more 
pleasing. Some Churches which had been long cold and barren, have 
experienced a glorious revival. There is a happy improvement in many 
parts of the Association. We can say, "The Lord hath done great things 
for us." We fondly hope that at the next Session we may liave still 
greater evidences of the advancement and triumph of truth. And as God 
is pleased to employ human agency to advance his kingdom, let us be 
diligent, individually, to do what we can in this great and glorious work, 

W. AYERS, Chairman. 




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CHURCHES. 



liubti>uiL County. 
Ashpole, 
Big Braticli, 
Saddle Tree, 
Burtit Islands, 
Lebanon, 
Pleasant Grove, 
Ebenezer, 
Mount Eliam, 
Mount Pisgah, 

Bladen County. 
Bi'aver Dam, 
Hickory Cirove, 
Shiloh, 

Culuiiihus County 
Cross Roads, 
Seven Creeks, 
Mount Zion, 
Beaver Dam, 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill f^. Roads, 
Whitevillc, 
Mount Tubor, 
Macedonia, 

Mount Moriah, 
lirniinwicli C'ty. 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shaloate, 
Beulah, 

Cheerful Hope, 
Mount Pisgah, 
Bethel, 

Cumberland C'iy. 
Cape Fear, 
Fayetleville, 

Marion Dkt., S. C. 
Bear Swamp, 
Saw Mill, 
Horry Dixt., S. C. 
Honey Camp, 
Good Hope, 
Spring Branch, 
Salem, 
Buck Creek, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 



DELEGATES, 



Wm. Ateiis, F. Puevatt, H. Lennon, 
D. Hats, Willis Barnes, Mcr. Barnes, 

By Letter, 
J. Warwick,* G. Warwick, M. Mears, 
B. Freeman, J. llozicr, R. Musslewbite, 
N. Martin, G. Braswell, Wm. Miller, 
John F. Varnum, William Wallers,* 
J. R. Stone, Elias Stone,* Beiij. Ivey,* 
H. WooDWAUi), Williaiu Prevail,* J. 

Woodell,* 



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Robt. Melvin, \V. Bryan, J. Cashwell, 80 00 

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J. E. Lennon, J. M, Lennon, CL. Brown, 

Ellis Lay, E. C. Gore, .!, Gore, 

K. Vause,* 

.1. Hinson, W. Smith, J. Mercer,* 

J no. Russ, Dan'l Coleman, .1. Godwin, 

R. Ward, George W. Hill, Jokl Htll, 

John Mills, Jijlin Mears, F. K. Powell, 

Simon Sibbett,* Charles 'J'aylor,* 

S. G. Tyler, J. Harrilson, H. Mills,* 

Geo. Parker,* N. L. Williamson, Josh. 

Williamson, 
H. Mitchell, M. Formyduval, 



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J. R. Reaves, J. Biggs, S. S. Mintz, 
James Beach, M. McKethan, J. Russ, 
Jesse Bennet, James G. Basford, 
W. Chalker, D. Sianaland,* S. B. Stan- 

aland,* 
J. B. Ellis, E. Smith, 
M. Hewitt, A. Ciemmons, J. Holden,* 13| 
L. Wescolt,* R. M. McRackan, J. Swain OOjOO 

J. C. Averitt, J. M. Jessup, W.Taylor, 40 00 
S. Minis, Jas. Ml-Daxiel,* Jn. McDan 

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S. Busenberry,T, Watson, M. Watson, 

J. F. McCall, J. Harrilson, F. Powell,* 

J. Grainger, R, E. Price, B. Buffkin,* 

A. Hardee,J A. Housend, 
J. B. Edge, W. L. Duboice, D. R. New- 
ton, A. Kr>-(i, 
J. Frink, J. Ludlam, J. J. Reaves,* 



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REPORT of Commiltee on ttinemcy. 
The expeiliency and importance oi' the system of Itineracy may no 
longer present any doubt or question of disapprobation to any one in this 
Association. Like men, it may be judged by its fruits. What has it ac- 
complished? Before it existed what was the state of things? Many of 
the Churches were wofully neglectful of representing themselves in the 
Association. Not a 'iew were opposed to all iMissionary operations, and 
when called, no representation was present. And among those who re- 
presented themselves, the doleful announcement was made by some, that 
theij had no preaching; — they were like siieep having no shepherd. But 
soon as this system commenced, alienated Churches were conciliated. — 
Now we have full and punctual representations. Wiiere there was not 
preaching, now there is preaching; and in some of those places very pre- 
cious revivals. Now the annual increase in the Association is very en- 
couraging. In short, God has signally blessed the Itineracy in this As- 
sociation. Much, very much, has already been accomplished. Let us 
take courage and persevere, and we may anticipate a day, not far distant, 
when more glorious results will be seen. 

R. MELVIN, Chairman. 

REPORT of Financial Coynmittee of the Jlssociation. 
Remaining in the Treasury last year, - . - $33 OQj 

Sent up by the Churches this year — 

For Association Fund, 57 IT 

Collection on Sabbath for Missionary purposes, - 37 17 

For Education, .._..- 

NATHAN L. WILLIAMSON, Chairman. 

REPORT of Committee on Benevolent Institutions. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred Benevolent Institutions, beg 
leave to report — 

That many means have been devised to impress morality, virtue and 
religion truly upon the hearts of the children of men; and amongst which 
means, we take pleasure in presenting the annexed, which have been in- 
strumental in efiecting a reformation: 

The Mission cause, both Domestic and Foreign, which is the work of 
the Lord, as a means in sending fortii his word and ministerial servants 
to propagate glad tidings to a perishing world, — fulfilling the great injunc- 
tions of our blessed Lord. The cause is approbated by Almighty God, 
to whom we would ever give thanks. 

Sabbath Schools, though but little patronized, are productive of much 
good; for wherever such institutions are raised, the Lord blesses the fee- 
ble efforts in moralizing the youths, and preparing them for the reception 
of truth. Much good has been done, and by attending to it, much great- 
er may be done. 
r* The Temperance cause, though much opposed, is making advances; 
and we rejoice that where such institutions have been established, that 
the spirit of the Lord has manifested itself to the conversion of many 
souls. It prepares the person for serious meditation, thereby, when the 
good seed is sown, it meets comparatively with but little difficulty in ta- 
king root. Greatly it is to be lamented that this good work has to con- 
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tend with all the enemies of God, and some wlio profess to lie his IVieiicIs, 
May tlie advocates reduuble their eli'orts iir enforeing this laudable insli- 

tution. 

The Bible cause is another means of advancing; the glory of God, and 
diffusing his knowledge amongst all nations of the earlh, 'J'his is so 
closely connected with Missions, that it cannot exist without ils agency. 
The work is approbated by Heaven, and calls for our continual aid in 
effecting its objects. Respectfully submitted, 

A. KING, Chairman. 



BEPORT on JMinisterlal Location. 



Churches. 



Pastoks 



OkDI NATES. 



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ICENT! ATKS. 



SuPI'l.T. 



Ashpole, 

Saddle Tree, 
Big Branch, 
Lebanon, 
Burnt Islands, 
Macedonia, 
Pleasant Grove, 
p.'uenezer, 
Mount Eliam, 
Beaver Dam, Col's, 
Hickory Grove, 
Cross Koads, 
ISeven Creeks, 
Mount Zion, 
Beaver Dam, Blad. 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill W. Koads, 

Mount Tabor, 

Mill Creek. 

New Britain, 

Shaloate, 

Beulah, 

Cape Fear, 

Payetteville, 

Bear Swamp, 

Saw Mill, 

Honey Camp, 

Good Hope, 

Spring Branch, 

"VVMiiieville, 

Salern, 

Buck Creek, 

Sliaroni. 

Simpson's Creek, 

Cheerful Hope, 

Mount Pisgah, 

Sliiloli, 

Mt. Pisgah, Eob'sn 

Beth?!, 

Mount Moriah, 



I Win. Ay res. 



A. B. Stephens' H. Leuuun. 
& F. Prcvatt. I 



D. Ilavs. 



S. D. Collins 



E. Davis. 
D. Lennon. 



Isham Stone. 



G. L. Brown. 



Joel Hill. 



H. Robbius. 
J. Bennett. 



J. McDaniel. 



J. F. McCall. 



D. J. Rav. 



\Vm. Ay res. 
Wm. Ayrcs, 
VVm. Ay res. 
D. Lennon. 
J. F. McCall. 

.J.D.Colei,.;au. 
D. Lennon. 
Joel Hill. 



John Lee. 
Joel Hill. 



<^ 0. Turner and 
I J. Meats. 



- J. S. Minis. 
-|S. Dusenberry, 



lohn Leo. 



A. Kinn. 



H. Woodward. 



ID. R. JNewton. 
iDavid Cox. 



John Lee. 

Joel Hill. 
A. King. 



J. 

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Bennett. 
King. 




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'm. Ayres. 




J. 
J. 


Singleton. 
F. McCall. 


J. Woodwaid, 
John Ijce. 



A. King. 
A.King. 
A. King. 



B. Wart 



A. King. 
J. Bennett. 



Respectfullv submitted. 

BENJ'N FREEMAN, Chairman. 



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17 E PORT of Committee of Finance of Domestic Mission Board. 

Keceived iVoiu sundry Churches and individuals, $152 81 1 

" Ilineraiit in Northern Circuit, 182 05i 

" " in Southern Circuit, 26 00 

BENJAMIN FREEMAN, Chairman. 

D. Hays'' R(port. 
To THE Cape Fear Association: 

Dear Brethren, — Immediately after the appointment conferred upon 
me by the "Domestic Mission Jioard," as one of your itinerants, to ope- 
rate in the Northern Circuit of this Association, I commenced my labors 
by devolino; nearlv one month promiscuously with the Churches border- 
ing on the Sea Coast, the which I did previously to entering on the Cir- 
cuit assigned me. 

Owing to the indisposition of my famih^ I was prevented from enter- 
ing the lield of labor until about the 9th of February; after which time, I 
devoted myself entirely to the cause of my blessed Master, and I have a- 
bundant reason to rejoice that, though the seed was sown in weakness, 
the Lord has blessed it even unto a production of much good. 

At first, my appointments were but little known, consequently, were 
not well attended; but as I continued to till them, the congregations in- 
creased, manifesting a desire to hear the Word of God. Having this de- 
sire, they attended tlie more constantly, and in so doing, received the 
greatest of all blessings, "tlie gift of God unto eternal life." 

For the last two months, many of the Churches have experienced most 
cheering revivals, as you will see from the table annexed: 

Travelled 220 days. 
Preaclied 187 Sermons. 
Baptized 128 Persons. 

And now, dear brethren, I tender you my sincere thanks, both for the 
appointment conferred upon me, as well as your hospitable reception of 
me as vnur Missionarv. The 2:race of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 
you evermore. D. HAYS. 

.8. King;''s Report. 
To THE Cape Fear Baptist Association & Board of Do.mestic Missions: 

Dear Brethren, — The Associational year having come to a close, it 
becomes my duty to lay before you an account of my ministerial labors 
as your Linerant, for the past year. 

On the first of January, according to the appointment of the Board, I 
engaged in, the field of labor assigned me by the Board. The first part 
of the year was very disagreeable, and made my congregations common- 
ly small; although as the season moderated, congregations were larger. 
Although there has not been a large ingathering this year, I have reasons 
to thank God that towards the close, he has revived his work; and I have 
been permitted to hear some relate what the Lord has done for their souls. 
The Lord lias made his word his power unto salvation, and in it Chris- 
tians have been made to rejoice, mourners comforted, and the cause of 
God advanced. I have travelled this year for the Board 179 days, and 
preached 207 Sermons; Baptized 12 persons, and assisted in constituting 
one Church in Columbus County, N. C. The present state of things 



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calls loud on you for preaching. Thougli some of the Churches are en- 
tirely opposed to tlie institutions of the day, yet there are some anxious- 
ly engaged to promote the cause in this section of country. 

Dear Brethren: In closing, permit me to tender you my grateful thanks 
for the honor conferred on me as your Itinerant this year; and may the 
Lord bless the labors of the past year, and add his blessing to all past la- 
bors to promote his cause, and direct to such measures as will most ad- 
vance his glory, is the sincere prayer of your Brother in Gospel bonds, 

ABEL KING. 

REPORT of Cotnmittee on the State of Religion in the ^Association. 

The Committee on the State of Religion, as indicated by Church Let- 
ters, have had the same under consideration, and respectfully report: 

Tliat a majority of the Letters give intelligence of the progress of Re- 
ligion within the bounds of our Association, which progress induces us 
to believe and hope, that if we are diligent in the improvement of what 
has been begun, we shall, ere long, see pure and vital Religion so rooted 
and grounded, that we shall liave great cause of rejoicing. Intelligence 
and liberality seem to be diffusing itself over the land, and where this 
is the case we may anticipate happv results. During a porlion of the 
past year two Missionaries have been zealously engaged in the cause of 
Christ; — their reports are favourable. The desire for the labors of Mis- 
sionaries is on the increase, and those who were opposed to the opera- 
tion are gradually declining the opposition, and avowing themselves fa- 
vourable to the best of causes. '^J'eraperance is advancing; several Total 
Abstinence Societies are established. There are connected with this As- 
sociation 42 Churches, 15 Ordained Ministers, 12 Licentiates; — Baptized 
354 persons during the past year. 

We have abundant reasons to be thankful, on comparing things now 
with what they were a few years ago, and are confident in the belief, that 
if we persevere, great good will be accomplished by the blessing of Hea- 
ven. All of which is respectfullv submitted. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN, Chairman. 



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THE CONSTITUTION, OR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, 

OF THE 

CAPE FEAll BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

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From along series of experience, we, the Churches of Jesns Christ, 
being regnhiriy baptized upon the confession of onr faith in Christ, are 
convinced of the necessity of a combination of Churches, in order to per- 
petuate an union and coimnunion amongst us, and preserve and maintain 
a correspondence with each oilier in our union: — We therefore propose 
to maintain and keep the orders and rules of our Associalion, according 
to the following plan or form of government: 

Article I. The Associalion shall be composed of members chosen by 
the different Churches in our union, and duly sent to represent them in 
the Association; who shall be m.embers whom they judge best qualified 
for that purpose; and producing letters from their respective Churches, 
certifying their appointments, shall be entitled to a seat. 

Art. II. In the letters from the ditTerent Churches, shall be expressed, 
their numbers in full fellowship, those baptized, received by letter, dis- 
missed, excommunicated, and dead since the last Association. 

xVrt. III. The members thus chosen and convened, shall have no pow- 
er to lord it over God's heritage; nor shall they have any classical power 
over the Churches; nor shall they infringe any of the internal rights of 
any Church in the Union. 

Art. IV. The Association, when convened, shall be governed and 
ruled by a regular and proper decorum. 

Art. V. The Association shall have a Moderator and Clerk, who shall 
be chosen by the suffrage of the members present. 

Art. VI. New Churches may be admitted into the Union, who shall 
petition by letter and delegates; and upon examination, (if found orthodox 
and orderly,) shall be received by the Association, and manifested by the 
Moderator giving the Delegate the right hand of fellowship. 

Art. VII. Every Church in the Union shall be entitled to a representa- 
tion in the Association, but shall have only two members from each Church. 

Art. VIII. Every quere presented by any member in the Association, 
shall be twice read; and before it be debated, the Moderator shall put it 
to vote, and if there be a majority for its being debated, it shall be taken 
into consideration, and be deliberated; but if there be a majority against 
it, it shall be withdrawn. 

Art. IX. Every motion made and seconded, shall come under the con- 
sideration of the Association, except it be withdrawn by the member who 
made it. 

Art. X. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the Churches with 
the Minutes of the Association. The best method of effecting that pur- 
pose, shall be at the discretion of future Associations. 



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A^T. XI. We tliink it absolulely iiecpspa;-}' ihal we should have an As- 
sociation Fluid i'or delVayiiiij the expenses of the same; for the laisiiiir and 
SLi[)[)ortiiig of which, we think it the duty of eacli Churcli in liie Union 
lo contribute, voluntarily, such sums as they shall thiidv proper, and .-^end 
by the hands ot" their Delegates, lo tlie Association; and those moneys 
thus contributed by the C'hurrhes, and received by the Association, shall 
be deposited in the liands of the Treasurer, by the Association, who shall 
be accountable lo the Association fur all moneys by him received, and 
paid out, accordinir to llie direction of the Association. 

xArt. XIT. 'J'lie Minutes of the Association, when printed, shall Ije re- 
gularly tiled by the Clerk, and tlie book by him shall be kej)t for the use 
of the Association, and he shall endeavor lo have said book present at 
each Association. 

Art. XIII. The Minutes of the Association shall be rend, (and corert- 
ed if need be,) and signed by the Moderator and Clerk, before the Ass(^- 
ciation rises. 

Art. XIV. Amendments to this plan or form of government, may be 
made at any time, by a majority of the Union, when they may deem it 
necessaiy. 

Art. XV. The Association shall have power, 

1. To provide for the general union of the Churches. 

2. To j)reserve inviolably a chain of communication amongst the 
Churches. 

3. To give the Churches all necessary advice in matters of difliculty. 

4. To inquire into the cause why the Churches fail to represent them- 
selves at any lime, in the Association. 

.5. To appropriate those moneys by the Churches contributed for an 
Association Fund, to any purpose they may think proper. 

G. To appoint any member or members, by and with his or their con- 
sent, to transact any business they may see proper. 

7. The Association shall have power lo withdraw from any Church in 
this Union, which shall violate the rules of this Association, or deviate 
from the orthodox principles of Keligion. 

8. To admit any of the distant brethren in the Ministry, as assistants, 
who may be present at the time of their sitting, whom they shall judge 
necessary. 

9. The Association shall have power to adjourn themselves to any fu- 
ture lime or place they may think most convenient to the Churches in 
tlie Union. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 
JAS. McDANFEL. Clerk. 



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RULES OF DECORUxAI. 






Article 1. Tlie Association shall be opened and closed by prayei'. 
2. A Moderator and Clcili shall be chosen by the members present. 
'^ 3. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise I'rom his seat 
and address the Moderator, when he is abont to make his speech. 

4. The [)er3on thus speaking shall not be interrnpttd in his spcecli by 
any except tiie Moderator, till he is done speaking. 

5. He sliall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise rellect on 
the person who spoke before, so as to make remarks on his slips, fail- 
ings, or imperfections; but shall fairly state the case and mailer as nearly 
as he can, so as to convey his light or ideas. 

6. No person sliall abruptly break off, or absent himself from the As- 
sociation, without liberty from the Association. 

7. No i)erson shall rise and speak more than three times on any sub- 
ject, without liberty from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing du- 
ring the silting of the same, nor whispering in the lime of a public speech. 

9. No member of the Association shall address another in any other 
terms or appellatives but the title of Broiher. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt aii-y member, nor prohibit him 
from speakinir, till he gives his light on the subject, except he breaks the 
rules of this Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be en- 
rolled by the Clerk, and called over as often as the Association requires. 

12. The Moderator shall be the last person who shall speak to the 
subject, who may give his opinion if he pleases, before he puts the mat- 
ter to a vote, but shall have no vote himself, unless the Association be e- 
cp. lolly divided. 

5-* 13. That anv member who shall willinirly and knowingly break anv 
of these rules, shall be reproved by the xissociation, as they shall think 
proper. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 
JAS. McDANIEL, Ckrk. 



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September 30lh, and October 1st, 3d, 3d, 
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I'AYETTEVILLE : 
PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE. 

1842. 



MINUTES, 






FRIDAY, September 30, 1812. 

1. At the opening of the Session, a discourse was delivered by H. Len- 
non, founded on 2 Cor. V. chap. 11th v. "Knowing therefore the terror 
of the Lord, we persuade men." 

2. After a short respite, the Deleirates, at the request of the Moderator, 
took their seats in the house, and Brother S. Dusenberry invoked the Di- 
vine direction and blessing. 

3. A Financial Committee was then appointed by the Moderator, con- 
sisting of Brethren N. L. Williamson, G. L. Brown, and R. HoUings- 
wortli. 

4. Another Committee was appointed to examine, and leport in a com- 
pendious manner, the matter of the Cinirch Letters. 

5. The Church Letters were called for, and the names of the Delegates, 
with the Statistics, recorded. 

6. Received three Churches into union, viz: Concord, in Cumberland 
Countij, N. C. — Providence, in Robeson County, N. C. — and JVIount 
Pleasant, in Bladen County, N. C. 

7. Elected OlHcers for the ensuing year, viz: Samuel Mims, Modera- 
tor; James iMcDaniel, Clerk; Haynes Lennon, Assistant Clerk; and 
Ilaynes Lennon, 'l^'reasurer, 

8. Appointed R. Melvin and O. .Tones, with the Committee of Finance, 
to select Preachers for tlie Stage during- the Session. 

9. Invited corresponding and visiting Brethren to a seat. J. D. Cole- 
man of the Welsh Neck Association; A. Nicholson of tiie Pee Dee Asso- 
ciation; D. Hays, and F. Prevatt, accepted the invit;ition. Received a 
Letter of Correspondence from the Charleston Association. 

10. Appointed the following Committees: On the Slate of Neli^ion in 
the ^Association, M. Lennon, J. E. Lennon, E. Williamson, G. W. Hill, 
R. HoUingsworth, J. Jessup, S. Dusenberry, G. Bnllock, and E. Tyler. 
On Special Changes, Dr. J. O. Hale, R. Mercer, R. Mnsslewhite, .1. B. 
Thompson, G. L. Brown, N. Martin, T. Smi\h. A. Edwards, and S. 
Summersett. On Ministerial Location, E. Davis, N. L. Williamson, 
W. Ayers, D. Hays, W. G. Smith, M. Long, R. Jolly, H. Barnes, M,- 
Mears. On Benevolent Institutions, J. C. Averitt, J. Thompson, J. 
Mills, H. Mitchil, S. Bennett, W. Mathews, J. Bell, J. Wescott, and J. 
Hughes. On Itineracy, S. S. Minlz, R, Bellamee, S. Mims, W. Nun- 
ery, J. Raller, R. Melvin, D. Stanaland, J. Harrilson, and S. Reaves. 

11. Agreed to give place to the Missionary Board to hold a Session at 
12 o'clock, M. Saturday. 

Adjourned to 10 o'clock Saturday morning. 
Prayer by F. Prevatt. 



SATURDAY MORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by J, F. McCall. 

12. Committee to examine the Church Letters reported. Report ac- 
cepted and committee discharged. 

13. Committee appointed at last session to visit the Whiteville Church 
reported. Report accepted, and ordered to be embodied in these Minutes. 

"For a time the Committee could effect little with the Church, owing 
to opposition to the system of Itineracy; but tiiey are now convinced of 
their error in opposing the Missionary cause, and express their approba- 
tion of it; yet such is their weakness that they can do verv little. They 
have not a sufficient number of male members to execute discipline. — 
Hence, your committee respectfully suggest that they be recommended 
by the Association to dissolve, and unite with Churches of more strength 
of our faith and order. 

"All of which is respectfully submitted. 

"W. AYERS, Chairmmi:' 

The Association approve of the suggestion in the Report, and hereby 
recommend such a dissolution. 

14. The Committee appointed by the last session to visit the Pleasant 
Grove Church, reported. Report accepted, the course of the Committee 
commended, and thev discharo-ed. 

The following resolutions were unanimously adopted on the report of 
the committee: — 

Resolved, That this Association approve of the firmness of that portion 
of the Pleasant Grove Cliurch which withstood the schismatical influence 
that assailed the Church, and threatened so much injury to its prosperity. 

Resolved, cdso, That Stephen D. Collins is, in the estimation of this 
Association, wholly unworthy the confidence of the Churrhes as eligible 
to the Ministry, and that those who have fallen in with his schismatical 
and disorderly movements, should feel deep humiliation, and beware, for 
the future, of any such influence. 

Resolved, furthermore, That the character of Brother D. Havs has been 
assailed in a very unjustifiable manner, and that this Association fully 
sustain Brother Hays, as having acted the part of a faithful servant of 
Christ in this matter. 

Resolved, That inasmuch as order has been restored to the Pleasant 
Grove Church, that she be recognised as a member in full fellowship 
with this Association. 

15. The Association gave place to the Missionary Board to hold a ses- 
sion. 

3 o'clock p. m. 
The Association resumed business. 

16. Agreed that the next Session be at Macedonia, Columbus County, 
on Friday preceding the 1st Lord's Day in October 1843. W. Ayers to 
preach the Introductory Sermon, at 11 o'clock A. M. J. F. McCall his 
alternate. 

J. McDaniel to preach the Charity Sermon on Sabbath. H. Lennon 
his alternate. 

17. Appointed Messengers to the following Associations, viz: To the 
Wklsh Neck, F. Prevatt, B. Ivey, and G. W. Hill. To the Pee Dee, 
D. Hays, S. Dusenberry, and W. Ayers. 



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18. Appointed Jas. McDaiiiel to write a Letter of Correspondence to 
the Clidyleiston Association. 

Adjourned to iMunday morning, 91 o'clock. Prayer by E. Davis. 

SABBATH. 

The weather was peculiarly favorable, and the Congregation very larg-p. 
D. !lavs opened the exercises, and preached on 2 (.'or. 6lh ch. 2d v. "Be- 
hold, now is the accepted time: behohl, now is tlie day of salvation." 

J. McDaniel r.iUowed, and preached on Isaiah, 53d cli. 10th &. 1 1 th v. 
"When thou shalt make his soul an oll'ering for sin, lie shall sec his seed, 
he shall proloniT his davs, and tlie pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in 
his hand. He shall see of ihe travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied." 
At the close of his discoiirse, a collection was taken up for Missionary 
purposes. 

'J'lie exercises were closed by W. Avers, who preached on Matthew, 
11th ch. 28ih v. "Come unto me, alt ye that la!)our and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest." Each Sermon was listened to with becominof 
seriousness on the part of the congregation. 

MONDAY MORNLNG, 'dh o'clock. 

Session opened with prayer by brother Coleman. 

19. Agreed to give a letter of dismission to the Salem Church, to join 
the Welsh Neck Association. 

20. Agreed to alter the VILh Article of the Constitution, so as to ad-' 
mit each Church to send two Laymen wiih their Pastor, and in the event 
the Church is destitute of a Pastor, to send three of the best qualified 
members. 

21. Committee on the State of Religion in the Association reported. 
Report accepted, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

22. Committee on Finance reported. Report accepted and ordered to 
be appended to these Minnies. 

23. Committee on Special Changes in the Association reported. Re- 
port accejjted and ordered to he appended to these Minnies. 

24. Committee on Ministerial Location reported. Report accepted 
and ordered to he appended to these Minutes. 

25. Coaimillee on Itineracy reported. Report accepted and ordered 
to be a[)pended to these Minutes. 

26. Committee on Benevolent Institutions reported. Report accepted 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

27. Agreed to have 1000 copies of these Minutes printed, and left (in 
packages proportioned to the number of each Church,) at the Store of 
Boon &L Breece, Fayetleville. 

28. Agreed that 6 copies be sent to each Corresponding Association. 

29. Agreed that the Clerk have SI 5 for his services. 

30. Agreed to rescind the resolution passed at a former session, allow- 
ing $1 per day to our Corresponding Messengers. 

31. Requested each Churcli in the Association to send up to the next 
session the history of their origin, embracing the following particulars: — ' 
the time \\4ien constituted — the number constituted — bv whom conslitu- 



led — the nlTiccrs chosen yt Uic consliiiition — who lias been their Pastor 
— wheth.er they have had any revivals since consiiluiion — when those re- 
vivals took phice, etc. 

32. Agreed to appropriate the collection on Sabhath for Home Mis- 
sions, to the relief of ttie Missionary Board in the Association. 

33. Ordered that the contribution for Foreifrn Missions be sent to the 
•State (^'-onvention ti) be held at Mnrfreesborough, Hertford County, Fri- 
day before the 8d Lord's Day in October 1843. 

34. Appointed .lolui McDaniel the Delegate to said Convention. 

35. Resolved that the thanks of this Association be presented to the 
inhabitants ol' this vicinity, for the ample entertainment furnished during 
the session. 

The session was peculiarly harmonious, and many tears were shed 
during the parting exercises, which were performed by J. McDaniel and 
J. F. McCall. 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 

JAMES McDANUi]L, Clerk. 



—■•»«©««>— 

REPORT OF FINANCL\L COMMPFTEE. 

The Committee of Finance beg leave to report, ns follows: 

Remaininii- in the Treasury last year, - - - Si2 50 

Sent up by tlie Churches this year, for Association Fund, 63 37 

Collection on Sabbath, — For Home Missions. - - 44 622 

For Foreign iMissions, - - 10 20 



Total amount, - - - $120 69^ 

N. L. WILLL\MSON, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMPFTEE ON THE STATE OF RELIGION. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the Slate of Religion, as indi- 
cated by the Letters, beg leave to report; 

That from the I'ace of ihe Church Letters, together with those of the 
Itinerants, Religion is considerably advancing and prospects brightening, 
to the great consolation of christians. 'J'here is less coldness expressed 
at this session than is usual, and man}' Churches are rejoicing for the 
precious revivals ihev have had. The Cliurclies not only experience ad- 
ditions, but your body likewise. Witliin the last fourteen years, 30 
Churches have been added, and during the past year 396 persons have 
been baptized, 'i'here is now about 44 Churches, 13 Ordained .Minis- 
ters, 10 Licentiates, 3,400 Communicants, 3 Sabbath Schools, and 13 
Temperance Societies. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

HAYNES LENNON, Chairman. 



COUNTIES 

XSD 

CHURCHES. 



Rubtsun Cuuiiitj.: 
Aslipole, j 

Big Branch, j 

Saddlf! 'I'ree, | 

Providonce, 
Burnt I»!iiiids, 
Lebanon, 

Pleasant Grove, 
Elicnezer, 
Mount Eliam, 
Moant Pisgali, 

Bladen County. 
Beaver Dam, 
Hickory Grove, 
Shiloh, 
iVIoLint Pleiisant, 

Cu/ii'Uihus C'/y. 
Cross Roads, 
Seven Creeks, 
Mount Zion, 
Beaver Dam, 
Porter Svi'amp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hiil<< Roads, 
Whiieville, 
Mount Tabor, 
Macedonia, 
Mount Morinli, 
Ih-uiisivicfc C'ty. 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shaioale, 
Beulah, 

Cheerful Hope, 
Mount Pisgab, 
Bethel, 

Cumberland Co. 
Cape Fear, 
Fayetteville, 
Concoid, 
Clarion Dis. S. C. 
Bear Swanip, 
Saw Mill, 
Horrij Lis., S. C. 
Honey Camj), 
(lood Ho()e, 
Spring Branch, 
Salem, 
Buck Creek, 
Sharon, 
Simpson's Croek, 



DELEGATES. 



Wm. Avr.ns, H. Lknnox, 
H. Barnes, \\\ Ivey, 

.1. H. Cobb, A. McMillan, 

M. Mears, R. Meicer, 

Jas. A. Roser, Robt. Masslewliile, .1. 

R. Thompson, 
N. Martin, J. Moore, 
A. Walters. J. F. Varnum, 
*\V. Bullard, *A. Britt, 
J. Tiioiiipson, Josiah Radcliir, 

R. RTeh'in, T. SmUh, 

A. Edwards, E. Johnson, E. Davis, 

W . Young, J. Bryan, *J. Byrne, 

V\'. HuLLl^GSWOKTU, 

J. E. Lennon, G. ]j. Brown, 

J, Folk, J. Hughes, *N. Stephens, 

|D. j. Ray, B. Richardson, 

S. Suminerselt, W. G. tSmith, 

L. Williamson, *D. Coleman, 

G. W. Hill, M. Long, 

J, Mills, *W. Hickman, 

^. Phips, *R. Powel. 
N. L. Williamson, E. Williamson, 
Jas. Council, H. Mitchell, 

S. S. Mints, *J. Biggs, 
J. Bknnktt, B. Ivey, 
Jas. 0. Hale, S. Bennett, 

D. Stanland, *W. D. Sellers, W. Ma- 

thews, 

Jas. Bell, *J. IToIden, 

R. M. McRackan, J. Wescolt, 

J. C. Averitt, Rich'd Hollingsworth, 
J. McDaniel, S. Mims, J. Jessup, 
W. IVuneiy, G. f^aircloth, *J. Fort, 

E. Grantham, T. Ayers, <S'. i)uic;ii«/-^, 



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8 

REPORT OF COM.MITTEE ON SPECIAL CIIAxXGES. 

Your Committee on Special Changes beg leave to report: 

Dear Bkctiiren: Willi deep regret we have to record the loss wliicli 
the Cross Koad Church has sustained, in the death of their Pastor, Elder 
Dc-nnis Lennoii. who departed this life July 16, 1842. He tiad lonj^ 
been in the field, blowing the silver trumpet, warnin2 sinners to flee tlie 
wrath to come, and has left a testimony that our loss is his infinite o-ain: 
he has been taken fro(n this Association to the Association above. 

We have also to record the loss that the Mill Creek Church has sus- 
tained, in the death of tlieir Deacon, Michael Ward, who died in the tri- 
umph of faith, September 18-42. 

We have also to record the death of our beloved brother Wm. B. Suth- 
erland, who departed this life April 20, 1842. He was a youth of very 
exemplary character, and bid fair to make a verv usefid member of soci- 
ety. Hence a warning voice arises from the tombs of these Brethren, 
"Because I will do iliis unto thee, prepare to meet thy God." 

But while we have to record the death of these Brethren, we are per- 
mitted to record some events of the past more pleasing. We liave had 
some precious revivals in different parts of the Association; numbers have 
been added to the Churches, and a happy change generally in favor of 
the benevolent institutions of the day; and we still hope that at vournext 
session we may have still greater evidence of the advancement of truth. 
And mav God give us grace to take courage and march onwards. 

JAMES 0. HALE, Chainnan. 

REPORT ON rriNERACY. 

Results have fully developed the expeiliency of the system of liineracy 
which has for a few years been in operation in this Association. More 
has been accomplished than the friends of the cause anticipated in so 
shorl^ lime and under existing circumstances. They cau truly say, 
*'The Lord has done great things for us, whereof we are glad." But 
what has been dime is only i\ie firsl-fndts; far greater results will doubt- 
less take place under a well conducted Itineracy, It is believed that no 
instrumentality which the Association can employ, will accomplish more 
than this. It bears upon so many important points, at one and the same 
time, and sends forth so many salutary influences, that it is peculiarly a- 
dapted_to the accomplishment of good, and should therefore be studious- 
ly sustained. Let it then be regarded as one of the grandest interests of 
the Association, and let each one feel a deep concern for its support. — 
And though the Board be somewhat embarrassed with debt, as at the 
present, yet let this be no cause of discouragement, but of greater exer- 
tion. '"Let us not be weary in well-doing.''^ 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

S. S. MINTS, Chairman. 

REPORT ON BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS. 

Doubts have long been entertained by many, in relation to the support 
of Benevolent lustiiuiions. They have not contemplated the patronage of 



those Institutions in the light of Christian July — ihuy have reg:inled them 
as innovations, or as vien-a ut ho rizCil, -cwd mt'n-'madc measnies. In every 
tSlaie there are not a few oi' this opinion. Antl to those wlio are acquainled 
with the early history of tiie Cape Fear Association, it is well known the 
<i;reater portion ol" this Body were such. Hence, for years the snhject 
was discnssed, but without success, on the part in favor of aiding those 
Institutions, for the large ma|oriiy still occupied the ground that those In- 
stitutions were vvhollv secular in reality, and that it was contrary to the 
spirit of true Christianity to aid them. Thus was their patronage long 
prohibited. But the scene has in a great measure changed — the darkness 
has passed away — the light shines, autl it is no longer a question of de- 
bate among the generality, whether it be a duty to patronise those Insti- 
tutions. 'J'his point has become settled with the great projiortion, and 
it is confidently believed that the day is not far distant, when it will be 
settled wiih all, so far as \\\e\r judgment is concerned, whether the heart 
be expanded to corresj)rMuleut action or not. Yes, the patronage of those 
Institutions now stands forth in the full aspect of Christian duty. And 
those who have been laboring in the peri'onnance of this duty f'>r a con- 
siderable time, have much to encourage them to persevere. Their labor 
has not been in vain, nor will it yet be in vain. Let all the friends of 
those Institutions be steadfast and persevering. Let the doubting and 
lialting not carry their incredulity upon this subject too far, but mark the 
signs of the times and the indications of Providence, and be ready to every 
good work. 

All of whicli is respectfully submitted. 

J. C. AVERITT, Chairman. 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

Saturday, 12 o'clock, October 1, 1842. 

Domestic Mission Board came into Session. Ajipointed R. M. Mc- 
Rackan Chairman, H. Lennon Secretary, Jas. McDaniel Treasurer, E. 
Williamson, B. Ivey, and .1. O. Hale, Committee of Fii^ance. 

Ordered, that all business in relation to collections, be referred to the 
Committee of Finance. 

Called for, and read the Itinerants' Reports, and ordered that they be 
appended to the Minutes. 

Monday, October 3, 1842. 

Called for Report of Financial Committee. 

Ordered, that payment to the Itinerants be made in proportion to their 
services, so far as funds will admit. 

A-ppointed R. M. McRackan, H. Lennon, S. Mims, and R. Melvin, an 
Executive Committee. 

Ordered, that a list of all subscriptions be deposited in the hands of our 
Agent. 

Employed D. Hays, as Agent for this Board, until Friday before first 
Sabbath in January next, at wiiich time he shall lay an account of his 
Agency before the Executive Committee. 

Agreed, that D. Hays be paid for Ins services, one dollar per day. 

Then adjourned to tiaie amd phcs of koldiiig the next i-^t'sion of this 
Assoc iaiu'n. 



10 

^YILL1AM AYRES' REPORT, 

7\j the Domestic Mission Board: 

Beloved Brethren: — Herewith yon have an account of my Minis- 
terial labours during ihe past Associaliona! vear. 

1 proceeded on 8lh October to the execution of the duties assigned me 
by the Board, and operated throughout the bounds of the Association, 
but principally within the Northern Circuit. 

I have aiteiuU'd siiictly to the circulation of subscripti(Mis, and advocat- 
ed on all proper occasions the great necessity of sustaining the Board. 

I rejoice to say, tiiat I have had some precious meetings, and feel no 
hesitancy in saying, that the cause of Missions is growing, though the 
pressure of pecuniary embarrassments casts a gloom over our operulionst, 
vet, 1 belifcive we will eventuallv overcome such obstacles. I have tra- 
velled 230 d;.ys, preached 270 Sermons, baptised 199 persons. For mo- 
neys received, von are referred to a s|)ecific tai)le annexed. 

And now my sincere thanks are tendered you all for the appointment 
conferred upim me. 

I am, dear Brethren, yours in Christ, 

WILLIAM AYRES. 



SUBSCRIBERS. 



ASHPOLE CHURCH, 



A. B. Stevens, 
Jos. Thompson, 

E. Pitman, 

II. Bullocii, Sen., 
H. Bullock, Jr., 
S. Lamb, 
A. Inman, 

F. Prevatt, 
Mary Pope, 
Sarah Prevatt, 
J, Prevatt, 
James Hill, 
Helen Prevatt, 
Cherry Ivy, 
Elizabeth Lovet, 
J. Small, 
Frances Els iff, 



HICKORY GROVE CHURCH. 

J. Singleiery, 
Allen Edwards, 
A. McLenon, 
D. Singletery, 
S, Singletery, 
S. Singleiery, 
J. Nans", 





LEBANON 


CHURCH. 






W. VV. Powell, 




1 00 




James Blunt, 




50 




J. McL. Humph 


rey, 


1 50 


$1 00 








2 00 


MOUNT 


PISGAH. 




2 00 


J. Th.ompson, 




1 00 


2 00 


J. Moore, 




1 00 


1 00 


Mary Bess, 




25 


1 00 


Nancy Bess, 




121 


2 00 








1 00 


SPRING 


BRANCH. 




1 00 


J. Grainger, 




1 00 


1 00 


J. Johnson, 




1 00 


50 


H. Inser, 




2 00 


50 


E. Grantham, 




1 00 


25 


W. Strickland, 




1 00 


50 


Z. Bullock, 




1 00 


50 


B. Buff'kin, 




1 00 


1 00 


N. Grainger, 




1 00 


25 


G. Grainger, 




1 00 




J. Inser, 




2 00 


}H. 


R. E. Price, 




1 00 


1 00 


H. Grainger, 




50 


50 


P. Hooks, 




50 


50 


D. Ayrs, 




50 


25 


E. Worley, 




50 


25 


W. Floyd, 




50 


25 ' 


J. Johnson, 




50 


2o 


A. £ trick land, 


1 


53 



11. 



E. Tvler, 


50 


L. William.son, 


1 00 


B. Fowler, 


25 


G. W. Williamson, 


1 00 


B. Biiffkiii, 


50 


G. Parker, 


1 00 


Mary A. Anderson, 


50 


liCwis Williamson, 


1 00 


jM. Grainger, 


50 


E. Williamson, 


1 00 


S. Foley, 


50 


J. Edmon, 


50 


E. Strickland, 


50 


G. Williams, 


50 


A. Jarnigan, 


50 


Mary Nobles, 


25 


J. Griffin, 


1 00 






Alice Strickland, 


121 


SADDLE TREE. 




J. Tyler, 


50 


E. Carlisle, 


3 00 






J. Carlisle, 


2 00 (•) 


PLKASANT GROVE. 




J. Humphrey, Sen., 


1 00 


J. Thompson, 


1 00 


J. Humphrey, Jr., 


1 00 


N. Martin, 


1 00 


Agnes Musselwhite, 


1 00 


. E. Bullock, 


1 00 


Lucy Humphrey, 


50 


S. D. Collins, 


1 00 


Nancy Carlisle, 


1 00 


R. Brassel, 


25 


Mary^McDuffy, 


50 


A. Griffin, 


50 


Rachael Upton, 


50 






Maria Carlisle, 


50 


SAW MILL. 




Marv McKahan, 


50 


H. Horn, 


1 00 


'I'homas Carlisle, 


50 






W. Carlisle, 


50 


BEAR SWAMP. 




Alecia Carlisle, 


50 


W. Hill, 


2 00 


Joseph Biggs, 


1 00 


J, Grainger, 


1 00 






A. Johnson, 


1 00 


BIG BRANCH. 




E. Bullock, 


1 00 


W. Barns, 


2 00 


R. Bullock, 


1 00 






S, Grantham, 


1 00 


EBENEZER. 




^ T. P. Watson, 


1 00 


A. Waters, 


1 00 


J. Page, 


1 00 


F. Varnum, 


1 00 


W. H. Hayes, 


1 00 


J. Lewis, 


50 


W. Scott, 

• 

PORTER SWAMP. 


50 


T. Lewis, 


50 




BRIER BRANCH. 




A. Powell, 


3 00 


R. Melvin, Sen., 


5 00 


J, Russ, 


2 00 


J. D. Solier, 


50 


L. Williamson, 


1 CO 


D. Melvin, Sen., 


50 


Martha Russ, 


1 00 


J. Smith, 


25 


D. Coleman, 


50 


E. Downing, 


25 


J). Maers, 


50 


W. C. West. 


50 


G. Godin, 


25 


J. Downing, 


50 


E. Nichols, 


1 00 


.T. Biirris, 


1 00 


F. Sugg-s, 


25 


W , Rej/ister, 


11 


Sarah Coleman, 


25 


T. Tatiim, 


1 90 


Mary Godin, 


25 


D. Cain, 


25 






J. Jones, 


I 00 


MACEDONIA. 




D. B. Melvin, 


1 00 


N. L. Williamson, 


2 00 


D. Smith. 


iO 


W. Nance, 


1 00 


J. Cain, Jr., 


50 



12 



I\T. A. Rurris, 20 

Ann Downing, 10 

Ann Burris, 10 

M, J. Downing, 10 

N. Beard, 25 

B. West, 20 

J. H. Melvin, 50 

W. Smith, 25 

J. Davis, 121 

Catharine, 50 

J. Smith, Sen., 50 

W. Reaves, Jr., 12^ 
W. AV. Arvy, 2 00 

Margaret Harvey, 50 

J. Sikes, Esq., 50 

G. W. Weeks, 25 

H. Everett, Sen., 25 
Lucy A. Sutton, 1 00 

D. M. Melvin, 25 

IRON HILL CROSS ROADS. 

J. Mills, 1 00 

D. Stanley, 50 
G, Grisset, 50 
J. Staiilev, 50 
M. Harre'l, 50 
S. Wright, 25 

BEtLAH. 

William Mathews, 2 00 

S. T. Stanaland, 1 00 

Joseph Stanaland, 1 00 

Amelia Stanaland, 1 00 

W. T. Elsworlh, 50 

BESSKNT CHURCH, 

A. W. Bessent, 
Winey A. Bessent, 
Hugh Thompson, 

BUCK CREEK. 

J. Jones, 

R. Bellamee, 2 

R. F. Mallow, 1 

A. Houson, 

MOUNT TABOR. 

J. Harrelson, 
J. Harrelson, 

E. Phips, 
S. Harrelson, 



50 
50 
50 



50 

00 
00 
50 



50 
50 
25 
S5 



HONEY CAMP, 

J. F. McCall, 1 00 

J. Harrilson, 50 



BKAVEU DAM, COLtTMEOS. 



S. Summerset, 
S. Summerset, 
W. Frink, 
J. Inson, 

E. Inson, 
.E. Sellers, 
C. Soles, 
S. Dison, 

R. Cart Wright, 
Nanoy SumiTierset, 
.T. Smith, 
W. Stanley, 

PLEASANT PLAINS. 

F. Saucer, 

G. W. Hill, 
H. Hill, 
W. Gainns, 
J. Hinson, 
Elizabeth Hill, 

AVKITEVILLE. 

M. A. DeShiekls, ' 

C, Rockwell, 

MOUNT MORIAH, 

S. Smith, 
J. Council, 

D, Runnels, 
1). Formey, 
P. Formev, 
B. Ward," 
H. Mitchel, 
Lucy A. Formey, 
J. Pierce, 
Elizabeth Mitchel, 

Simpson's creek. 
D. Cox, 
Marv D. Cox, 



1 00 



00 

00 
50 
50 
50 
50 
50 
25 
50 
20 
50 



50 
50 
50 
50 
25 
25 



2 00 
1 00 



1 00 



1 



1 



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1 00 
1 00 
1 00 

00 
1 00 
1 00 
1 00 
1 00 



50 
50 



HOOD S CREEK CONGREGATION. 

J. Liles, 1 00 

W. Vernon, 1 00 

Annato Faulk, 1 00 

JS^beoca Murrel, I 00 



13 



Helen Miirrel, 


1 00 


J. Simmons, 




50 


Leah Smith, 


1 00 


W. Simmons, 




25 


John Murrell, 


50 


J. Simmons, 




50 


Mary Sikes, 


50 


E. Millican, 




25 


Mary Hiilburn, 


50 








Searcey Williamson, 


181 


SEVEN CREEKS. 






Mary J. Williamson, 


25 


J. Gore, 


1 


00 


Zachaiiah Miirrel, 


50 


M. Lonff, 


1 


00 






J. H. Hughes, 


2 


00 


SH.A.LOTTE. 




J. Lonff, 




50 


J. G. Bassford, 


1 00 


H. Long-, 




50 


VV. G. Bussford, 


50 


P. Stevens, 




25 


Sarah Bassford, 


25 


MILL CRF.KK. 






Lydia Stanaland, 


25 


John RiffiTs, 
Delila A. Robins, 




10 

181 


SIMMONS'S. 




Charity Robins, 




10 


S. Simmons, 


50 


S. S. Mints, 




421 


J. Liidley, 


50 


Clemens' servant Billy, 




121 



Names of Persons paid to the Board of Domestic Missions. 



NEW BRITAIN CHURCH. 



B.Ivy, 

J. G. Grisiset, 
J, Beach, 
E. Bozman, 

C. Bozman, 
N. I-ittle, 
J. W^ird, 

D. Gore. 

P. G. Millican, 
J. C'havas, 
C. Clewis, 
S. Mc-Kithen, 
A. Bennett, 
S. In man, 
M. McKethan, 





MOUNT ZION. 








L. Allen, 


1 


50 


1 00 


W. Bahhvin, 




50 


1 00 


John fLgh, 


1 


00 


1 50 


B. Sasser, 


1 


00 


1 00 


J. Baldwin, 




50 


1 00 


N. Ray, 




50 


25 


Mary Sasser, 




50 


50 


Lnr-y Mares, 




50 


1 00 


Mary Baldwin, 




50 


50 


FIvy Baldwin, 




50 


50 


Delpha Baldwin, 




50 


25 


Snsan Sasser, 




50 


25 


J. Sasser, 




50 


25 


S. Sasser, 




50 


50 


J. Baldwin, Sen. 




50 


1 00 


D. Baldwin, 


1 


00 




J. Baldwin, 


1 


00 



REPORT OF D. HAYS,— ITINERANT. 

To the Domestic Mission Board: 

Dear Brethren: — On the first of January, T entered the field of labor 
assigned me by the Board, and proceeded regularly to preach without cir- 
culating subscriptions, witii the exception of one at Spring Branch, until 
first of May, at which time the "Executive Committee" convened, and 
advised that all inatters relative to raising and collecting funds for the 
Board, be referred to brother Avers. My health being quite enfeebled, 
1 was con3^H?lled to suspeud a part of the appointments, but agreed that if 



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able, T would supply uino Cliurrhes with preaching, principally the E;ist- 
ern Churches of ihe Noriheni Circuit. 

1 iiave Travelled 154 days. 

Preached 131 Scrmnn?. 
Bapli'zed 43 Persons. 
Received S40 08. 
I am happv to say that I have had full and attentive Conjreg-ations. 
There is truly a good slate of things, and calls for a continued effort on 
the part of the Board to procure ethcient Ministers to advance your in- 
terests. 

Thouo-h I have, since-the eighth of August, been compelled to decline 
entirely the Ministry, from bodily inability,' yet I tender you my sincere 
thaiiks for favors conferred. 

I am, dear Brethren, yours, 

D. HAYS. 

JOHN D. COLEMAN'S REPORT. 
To the Board of Domtstic AJissions: 

Dear Brethren: — On 1st December last, I proceeded regularly to 
fill monthly the appointments ft)r the Southern Ciicuit. I found the 
greater number of Churches cold; and haviti^ the assistance of Brother 
Ayers to lav before the Congregations the claims of the Board, thev readily 
adopted such measures as will show a considerable growth in the cause 
of Missions. Opposition is now giving way, and the Itineracy bids fair 
for the doing of much good. 

I have travelled 235 days. Preached 266 Sermons, Baptized 55 Per- 
sons, and retired from the Circuit under favorable circumstances, hoping 
that you may send some Minister to preach for ihem the word of life. 

And now, dear Brethren, accept mv sincere thanks for the appointment 
vou conferred on rae. I remain, vonr? in Christ. 

JOHN D. COLEM\N. 



REPORT OF FINANCIAL COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF 

DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

The following individuals, and representatives for Churches and Con- 
gregations, came forward and paid the sums hereunto annexed:- 
New Britain Church, per 

Benjamin Ivev, 6 

Hezekiah Woodward, 
Lebanon Church, 
Samuel Dusenberrv, 
John F. McCall, 
Shalotte Church, 
William Mints, 
Daniel Stanaland, 
Hugh Stanaland. 
Spring Branch Church, 
Fayetieville Church, 

Robert Melvin, 5 00 S38i 36| 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

E. WILLIAMSON, Chairman. 



10 


72. i 




00 


9 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


2 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


10 


00 


5 


00 



Bethel Church, 




12 


25 


Haynes Lennon, 




5 


00 


Furney Prevatt, 




5 


00 


J. C. Averitt, 




5 


00 


Dwiffht Hays, 




15 


00 


William Ayers, 




5 


00 


Joel Reaves. 




5 


00 


Cape Fear Churcfi, 




15 


00 


Wm. Ayers, as per 


report 






nf his Agency, 




191 


9H 


Collection on Sabbath, 


48 


42 i 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL LOCATION. 



Chuhchks. 


,, ■ ,., U.Al'S OK 
rA-iTOI!S. ij.CKSTlATKS. Oaei'LJ. ,, 

MKKTlNrf. 


Ash|)ii|e, 


H. Jieunon. 


- 


- 


:5d Sabbalh. 


Saildli- Tree. 


- 


- 


liinerate. 




BuriiL Islands, 


- 


- 


H. lemon. 


1st Salibnih. 


Lelianon, 


- 


- 


Itinerate. 




Pleasant Grove, 


- 


- 


A. B. Stevens. 


4ih .'-'albalh. 


Ebenezor, 


- 


- 


A. B. Stevens. 




Mount Eliam, 


- 


J. ktone. 


- 


4th Sabbath, 


Besiver Dam, 


- 


- 


D. Hays. 




Hickory Grove, 


E. Davis. 


. 


- 


4th Snbbath. 


Cross Koads, 


■- 


- 


E. Davis. 


3d Sabbath. 


Seven Creeks, 


. 


- 


J. Lee. 


4ih Sabbath. 


Mount Zion, 


- 


D.J. Ray. 






Beaver Diim, 


- 


- 


J. HIi. 


3d Sabba!h. 


Porter Sw;nnp, 


- 




.i. McCall. 


1st SaM.alh. 


PUMsiint Pl.iins, 


.!. Hill. 


_ 


- 


2d S;,b. Feb'v 


Iron Hill><1 Kortds 


.1. Lee. 


J. JiTears. 


- 


4lh Sab. I'eb'y 


Urii>n, 


- 


- 


- 


2d Sabbaih. 


Mount Tabor, 


- 


- 


J. Hill. 




Mill Cicek. 


A . Robins. 


_ 


- 




New Britain, 


J. Bennett. 


- 


- 


3d S:ibbaih. 


Sliaioaie, 


- 


\V. Mints. . 


J. Bennett. 


2d Salibalh. 


Beiilah, 


- 






3d Sabbaili. 


Cape Fear, 


- 


- 


Itincraie. 




Fayetteville, 


.!. McDaiiiel. 


J. S. Minis. 


- 


Eveiv Sabb, 


Bear Swamp, 


- 


S. Dnsenberry. 


- 


2d Sabbaih. 


S.iw Mill, 


- 


- 






Honey ('amp. 


J. F. McCall. 


- 


- 




Good Hope. 


.1. J.ce. 








Sprinji; Branch, 


- 




.]. F. McCall. 




Salem, 


. 


_ 




^^-^~-^ — 


Buck Creek, 


- 


- 


- 


2d'^ah}>ath. 


Sharon, 


A. King. 


- 


: W 


2d Sabbaih. 


S imp-on',-; Oeek, 


- 


D. Co.x. 




(^lieerful Hope, 


- 








Mount Pi.-gali, 


- 








Sliil.di, 


. 


- 


D. Favs. 




Mt. Pissiah, Roh'n, 


- 


- 


F.Prevatt. 


2d Sabbath. 


Bethel," 


- 


- 


- 


3ii Sabbath. 


Mount Moriah, 


, - 


G. Ward. 


- 


4th Sabbath. 


Concord, 










Provitiencp, 










Mount Pleasant, 










Macedonia, 


- 


J. Parker. 


- 


4lh Sabbath, 


Big Branch, 


- 


W. Bullard. 


J. F. McCall. 


12d Sabbath. 



F. Prevatt, "^ 

W. Ayies, V Ordained Ministers in Ashpole Church. 

A. B. Stevens, j 

All of which is respectfully submiited. 



E, DAVIS, Chairman. 



POST-OFFICES OF THE PASTORS AND LIOEIsTLVJ'ES. 

H. Leniioii, Leesville, Robeson County, N. C. 

J. Sione, Luinliertot), Robeson County, l\. C. 

E. Davis, Elizdbeiti Town, Uladen County, N. C. 

D. J. Ruy, Wiiiieville, Columbus County, N. C. 

J. Hill, VV liiie jVliiish, ColuiJibus County, N. C. 

J. Lee and J. Mt-iirs, Convvayborougli, Horry District, S. C. 

A. Robins, Siniibville, Brunswick County, N. C. 

J. Bennett, VVaccamaw, Brunswick. County, N. C. 

W. Mints, do. do. 

J. McDaniel and J. S. Minis, Fnyettoville. Cumberland County, N. C 

J. F. McCall, Fair Bluff. Columbus County, N. C. 

A. Kins;, Little River, Horry Distiict, S, C. 

D. Cox, Conwayborough, Horry District, S. C. 
F. Prevail, Leesville, Robeson County, N. C. 

B. Ward, Whitevijie, CoUinibus County, N. C. 

J. Parker, Porter Swamp, (Joluinbus County, N. C. 



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OF THE 



CilPE FEiR BAPTIST ISSOfllTIOft^, 



HELD WITH THE CHURCH 



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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 



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PRLNTED BY EDWARD J. HALE. 
1844. 



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FRIDAY, Ski'Te.aiber 29, 1843. 

At the opening of the session, a discourse wns delivered, according to 
previous appointment, by W. Ayers, on John, 3d ch., 7th v.: "Ye must be 
born again." 

At 1 o'clock, P. M. the Association convened for Inisiness; — Samuel 
Mims, Moderator, James McDaniel, Clerk; llavnes Lcnnon, Assistant 
Clerk. 

The Throne of Grace \vas addressed, and the Divine direction and 
blessing invoked by J. F. McCall. 

A Committee of Finance was appointed, consisting of X. L. William- 
son, G. L. Brown, B. Williams, and R. M. McRackan. 

Appointed G. Parker, E. H. Parker, and G. L. Brown, a Committee 
to select Preachers for the Statre during tlie session. 

Called for the Letters from the Churches, v.'hich were presented, and 
the Delegates were enrolled. 

Received two newly constituted Churches, viz: Western Prong, Co- 
lumbus County, N. C, and Mount Zion, Hnrry District, S. C. 

Elected the following Officers for the Ensuing year: — Samuel Mims, 
Moderator; James McDaniel, Clerk and Trcasm-cr; and Haynes Lennon, 
Assistant C'ierk. 

Invited Corresponding and Visiting Brethren to a seat. W. D. Martin, 
J. Woodward, and C. Reavs, from the Welch Neck; and D. Hays and J. 
Monroe, from the Pee Dee Association, accepted the invitation. 

Appointed the following Committees: On the moral wants of the Asso- 
elation and their appropriate supply — R. ]\IcDaiiiel, J. H. Cobb, and 
Charles Reavs. On the State of Religion in the Association, as indicated 
in the Letters — R. McRackan, W. Ayers, and D. Hays. On the special 
changes which have occurred during the year in the Assoeiation — S. Du- 
eenberry, J. Monroe, and J. Beach. On the location of Ministers in the 
Association — F. Prevatt, J. C. Averitt, and H. Woodward. On the se- 
lection of Messengers to Corresponding Associations — J. F. McCall, T. 
W. Westeott, and M. Watson. 

Appointed H. Lennon to write the history of this Association, to be ap- 
pended to these minutes. 

Rtisohied, That this Ass<(ciatiim, approving of the Benevolent Institu- 
tions, deem it inconsistent to patronise any Minister, the tendency of whose 
influence or preacliing is adverse to those institutions. 

Adjourned to Saturday morning, 9 o'clock. Prayer by S. Dusenberry. 




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SATURDAY MORNING. 

Session opened v.-IlIi Prayer, hy J. Bennett. 

Resolved, That in order to avoid, as far as practicalile, the injudicious 
Ordination of Mini.-ters in the bounds of this Association, the candidates 
be presented to the Association lor examination, and in tlie event of an 
approval, they be commended for Ordination; but if not approved by the 
Association, their respective Churches be requested to decline the Ordi- 
nation. 

Appointed B. F. Williamson, J. jiloore, ar.d A. King, a Committee on 
Minutes, and Letters of Corresoondinsx Associations. 

fe Inquired of the Cliurches whether there be any Minister preaching in 
the bounds of this Association, who is opposed to benevolent institutions, 
and ascertained that there is one, Lewis PuckeU. 

The following Preamble and Resolutions were thereupon adopted: 
Whereas, this Association feels deeply concerned for the prosperity of 
the Churches: whereas, they deem all a/j/i-Missionary influence inimical 
to the best interests of the Churches, and to the advancement of the Re- 
deemer's Kingdom: and whereas, there is ground to apprehend the ditiii- 
sion of injurious influence, through a Ministry opposed to those measures 
and movements, on which they think depends, in an important respect, 
the advancement (if Christ's Kingdom: Therefore, 

Resolved, That the Churches connected with the Association be, and 
they are hereljy exhorted, not to patronise, in any way or form, a certain 
Lewis Pucke't, who has been holding forth to some extent in the bounds 
of the Association. 

Rf solved, That said Lrwi.s Ptickeff, and every Minister of the like sen- 
timents, is wholly unworthy the approbation of any who are triends to pure 
morality and Scriptural Christianity. 

Agreed, that the next session of this Association be at Aslipole, Robeson 
County, N. C, 12 miles South West of Lumberton, on Friday before the 
1st Lord's day in October, 1844: — J. C. Averitt to preach the Introducto- 
ry Ser.non. Sermon to be at half past 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Appointed James 3IcDaniel to preach the Charity Sermon on Lord's 
day at the next session, — H. Lennon his alternate. 

Appointed H. Lennon, D. Hays, T. Monroe, H. Woodward, and James 
]\IcDaniel, to examine Benjamin Ward, Licentiate, with a view to furnish 
his Clnn-ch with the opinion of the Association, concerning the expedien- 
cy of his Ordination. 
' The claims of the A. B. Publication Society were presented to the As- 
sociation, whereupon it was Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to 
report a plan of (iperation in relation to that Society. 

Appointed H. Lennon, D. Hays, and D. F. Williamson, the Committee. 
Suspended the Irusiness of the Association for the requisite space of 
time, tor a session of the Domestic Mission Board. 
Resumed business. 

The following Qnere was discussed at considerable length: "Is it strict- 
Iv in accordanc'e ^^ith the Scriptural plan tor building the Church of 
Clirist, to admit, on the baptism they liave already received, applicants 
who have been immersed by a Pcedo-Baptist Minister, or by a Free-Will 



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Baptist Minlstor, hnvin- no other quaiidcation than ^vhat i. peculiar to (ho 
rree-W ill denomination.' 

The Association decided iji the negative. 

Adjourned to .Monday moniing, 9 o^'clock. Prayer by H. Woodward. 

SABBATH. 

' The congregation Avas very hargo, and the services as to]Iows:_Sinc.inr. 

n -irrr . •^^- ^; l^'f "•-•^- , ^^- ^^^'P then preached on the IfJth verse, 
ot the 1st chapter of John: "Of his fuhiess have all we received, and .race 
for g-a^e^" Jan..s McOanhd preached the Missionaiy Sermo.. ou a ,nut 
of he 8jh verse St chapter, of Acts: "Ye shall be witnesses unto ne" 
After which a collection wns taken up. J. Monroe preached on the last 

nH^i'hebu ''"^' '''■''"'""' ^^^^^^= "Coniov,.r into Macc!^! 
nia and help us Jh.^ anxious were invited by W. Avers, and prav^r 

Si ;l:'^n -^f""' '' ^- ^^"'^^^^- Considerable atteutio; was i^ij t^ 



3I0XDAY MORNING. 

Session opened vrith prayer by W. D. Martin. 

Called on Committees to report. 

Tiie ('ommittee on the State of Religion reported. Report accented 
and ordered to be app.Muled to these Minutes. ^ ^ ' 

Committee on Special Changes reported. Report accepted, and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutes. ^ 

Committ^ee on the selecti.m of Messengers to Corresponding Associa- 

Agreed that 1300 copies of these Minutes be p-inted 
Agreed that the Clerk have $15 fbr his services 

Committ.-e on the moral wants of the Association and their n:r,ronriatc 
Minufes''^'" '^'°'' '''''^'''''' '''''^ ''''^''''^ '' ^''' appended to these 

f ?v^ r °T''"o'' "" '^ ^'^"' of operation in tavor of the American Bap- 
tist Publication Society, reported. Reported accepted, and ordered to be 
appended to these Minutes. ilu lo uo 

Appointed James McDaniel, S. Mims, and R. McDaniel, a Committee 
to examine the history of the Association, prior to its publication. 

Committee on Minutes of Corresponding Associations reported Re 
p.irt accepted, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes 

Committee on Finance reported. Report accepted, aiKUrdered to be 
appended to these .Minutes. lxlu lo oe 

Agreed to appropriate all the money collected on Sabbath to the relief 
of the Domestic 3Iission Board in this Association 

Committee on Ministerial location reported. Report accepted, and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutes. * 

The following Resolutions Aver(i.unanimr)u^lv adopted- 

Resohed Tlmt tlie Biblical Recorder, edited by T. Meredith, and i«- 

^t r X ST'L '" r^'\^^^^^' '^ ''S^^'y --^J^y the patronage of tile ti^n^s 
oi .>ciijnuial (,nnstianitv. 



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. • -n • i;.nl nf much value to families, containing 
rt ^i,.^,l Thit it IS a Periouical ol muci. \<xiuv 

Rr.,,M, Tl«t«-cO-C:'«» "•"''"'-^j ,,^i,„„t able- u, siBtam t!,e 

'^'^;t..,*,..|;»c.a.^.or ^ « - - 

hand, of llie Clerk and ]";*'■'■";„,„„,, connected with the p.-eimra. 
,„?-„t^i' Mint : t';S 'citVe.: .he Treasure,, pay the re.nan,der ot 
the AssociationalFundto\^'. A3.f>T^. ^^^ presented to the inhabi- 

.a.r:ftri^*ttU:t:p^Srltertainlne„t«tr.,i.heddnrr„.U,e 

session. , , ,.,.,„„ and prayer by -Tas. McDamel. 

Adjourned. Valedictory remark., ^'y''^l^^^^\iiM, Moderator. 

JAMES MeDANIEL, Clerk. 



^TpIPHS^S^'SSo 



„_,>e © »*^- 



REPORT of Financial Comnuliee. 



23 37 



Remaining in the Treasury last yeai, ^^ 33 
Received from the Churches this year, 

Associational i' una, ^^ ^^^ 

Collection on Sabbath for ^li^^i^J^^y^f^'^jSiAMSON, CAair;«««. 

REPOUT of Com^^e on Special Changes. 
-. ^evoLb. yea. b.n, eh...^^ ^^ r ^ ^^i^ 

delp regret they have to recoil .^^^^J^ ^^.^ .fBrothii' A. B. Stephens, 
fie A^^sociation, have ^^^t^ o^S^^^- ^>^-°^^-^^ Stephens was 
V ho closed his labors on the •2bth o. ^V^^; :^,, He served the Associa- 
: ma^^hose usefob^ss --^^^J^Sll^^tas focated, and was lal^- 
ion one year as an I^^^e rant; bat aU^^^^ ^^^ n.en, and m the 

[lorM^fthc redeemed in Heaven. 



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Tour Commiflec have also to record the loss which the Mill Creek 
Church and the Association have realized, in the death of Brother Aithur 
^■±: -"tlT^ii'l^^^^'^'y -"-0 since the last session of i^^i: 



nne H; J. ' ^'^^'"' -^Y"" ^^ ^^'"^ ^'^''^ ""^ ^ '^^<^<^^ ^C corn Ihlly 

Zof t) f ; ^;f « hoarj with age. Forty years had he stood the her- 

ald of the mighfy God to men. But the good and the useful must di 1 
? . :,S i^:!!"^° ^^! ^^^^— ^- - -'^ed to those who were; buttliile 



While the lights in the Association are thus being extino-ui.hed is it 
not tune tha the Churches become more fervent in ?ra^-in> the Lord of 
the Harvest to raise up more laborers! * ^ 

S. DUSENBERRY, Chairman. 
REPORT of Committee on selection of Corresponding Messengers. 

Your Committee deem it inexpedient to present any but such as would 
give some promise of attendance. They hive succeeid in obtain nHhe 
consent and promise of the folloM'ing Brethren: To the Welch Neck Vs 

ZT^^ 1^"V^ ""'f^ ''?^ «• C" ^^^-•^->- before toit;^'; 
Ha'e 'Po'fll P n "''f Dusenbeny, M. A. DeShields, and James O. 
r \ M ^ .^"^ ^""^ Association, to convene at Sprino- Hill Richmond 
County., N. C Saturday before the 2d Lord's day in Oct° 1843 rZ^« 
Lennon and Jordan Cobb. ^ Ib4c!— Haines 

J. F. McCALL, Chairman. 

REPORT of Committee on Letters and Minutes of Corresponding A 



ciations. 



tL wlw N ,' "'=""*"'«=« "-"i be prevented thereby. 
Lorf Thi I ^^^ A«ocmt,„„ aro ^xing stronger a„d stronger in the 

ABEL KLNG, Chairman. 

REPORT of the Conrnmee on the Claims rf the American Baptist Pub- 
licatwn and iSunday School Society. 

i^f^^Z^t^""^ ''7 ^"^ ^'•^^^l^ "-d«d. No instrumen. 

thefnterm of h^P^r^^ adapted to promote 

andrc^no^id'^rdtrr^T'T I ''"?''"'''•. ^^ ^'^ ^'•^l'^"Iated to reach Iblly 

rc.ox difhcult.e., whicli have long th^varted the prc^^ress of Truti 



and wliich have hillirrfo been, only in part, accessible to other means. 

Up to the time of its tbnnation, there has been an important deficiencv in 
our denominational system of operation. While other sects owe their 
success almost, if not equally as much, to their Publication establishments 
as to an}- otlier ijistrunientality, and have accomplished, through this means, 
such amazing results; and while they put forth their energies to the sup- 
port of these institutions, in a manner which clearly shows the importance 
of them in their estimation, our Denomination has neglected this mio-hly 
engine, tiud very much "land," v\hich might have been possessed, has 
gone into other hands. But we rejoice that at length this mucli needed 
institution has been set up, and we do hope that it v.'ili receive, at the 
hands of the Baptist denomination and their friends, that attention and pat- 
ronage which will correspond with its importance. Brethren, shall its u- 
tilit}' be prevented from de\eIopment, and shall its operation be circum- 
scribed, by the apathy and parsiraoniousness of those who ought especially 
to be interested in it.' Oh! tell it not in Gath, — publish it not in the streets 
of Askelon, — lest the daughters of the uncircumcised Philistines rejoice! 

Resolved, therefhrc, That the Ministers and Brethren generally, exert 
themselves to make arrangements for the establishment of a Book Depos- 
itory of the Society's Publications, at Fayetteville. 

HAYNES LENNON, Chamnan. 

REPORT of Committee on the Moral Wants of the Association and their 

approp7-iate SujijjIij. 

Only the more prominent of the particulars in this subject can be sub- 
mitted by your Committee at present. The tA\'o grand Avants ol" the As- 
sociation are these — 1. A competent Ministry. 2. General information. 

1. There is a sad defect in the Ministry of the Association in two im- 
portant respects — in quuntii'y, and in quality. Many of the Churches have 
no Pastor, anilbut very irregular supplies. One sermon a month is as 
much as they generally have, and many have not even as much as that. 
How truly it may be said with reference to our Association, "The harvest 
truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few!" 

And there is as great a defect in the quality of the ])reaching in the As- 
socation, as there is in the quantify of it. There has ever been a leaven 
of opposition to [Missionary movements in the Ministry of this Association. 
This has contributed in a large measure towards the scarcity of preaching 
among the Churches. It is not so much on acccount of the fewness of 
Ministers, that there has been so little preaching, as it is on account of the 
fact that the Churches, following erroneous guides, have not duly regarded 
that saying that is written, "They that preach the Gospel shall live of the 
Gospel." Hence, the feet of some avIio would have gone and published 
the glad tidings have been bound. This is the principal service which 
some have rendered the Churches — they have iiiduced them to keep their 
money, starve their own souls, and let sinners go to hell. 

Another evil leaven that has been in the Ministry is a disposition to deal 
in subjects of a i-ysterious nature, and which are not calculated to make 
men see and feel their "esponsibility and duty. Some Ministers seem to 
accomplish their desigT . .i.cn they succeed in saying something strange, 
whether it be correct >r U'^'t. Thev send their hearers home with their 



9 

minds cmnimed with things which have Jio important connexion Avith tlic 
salvation ol" the soul, or the promotion of God's Khigdom. iiencc inucli 
of the preaching wliich lias been done has been worse than in vain. 

2. There is a great lack ot' general information. While many have 
the state of political affairs at their tongue's end, and know all about the 
management of farms, &c., open a conversation with them about the atlairs 
of Zion abroad, and their lips are sealed — they know nothing of the moral 
state of the Avorld. And hence they have but a Aery inadequate, mystilied 
understanding of what they ought to do, and Avhat it is important should be 
done. 

As an appropriate supply of these tAVO great Avants of the Association, 
Aour Committee arc of opinion that a vigorous effort should be made to 
send out at least one Itinerant for the entire year. This \\'ill in some 
measure remedy the t:carcilj/ of preaching in the Churches. They are of 
opinion that the recommendation of the Association to the Churches to 
send all Candidates tor Ordination to the Association for examination, Avill 
tend to correct in some measure the quality of the preaching. And it is 
hoped the time is not far distant Allien there will be a book depository 
from the American Baptist Publication Society, in the bounds of the Asso- 
ciation, that both Ministers and people may supply themselves Avith the in- 
teresting publications of that Society. Your Committee Avould also men- 
tion in this place the importance of the Biblical Recorder. The informa- 
tion Avith Avhich its columns teem is both of a general and a useful charac- 
ter — 'Such as Ministers should have — such as the people sliould have, and 
such as is Avithin the reach of all; for if those Avho are able to pay for it 
Avould take it, and having perused it themselves Avould circulate it, others 
could gain the benefft, and doubtless much good Avould result. Such sup- 
plies Avould meet the Avants of the Association, and raise it up to Avhat is 
its privilege to be. 

All of Avhich is respectfully submitted. 

RANDLE 3IcDANIEL, Chairman. 



lU 



REPORT "/ Coniiuillcc un Miiu-'ilcrkd Lurali'.m, 



Vhurrhrs. 



Faslor 



iiiceiiliatev. 



Siipjili/. 



[hii/s of 



Addr, 



Aslipolc. 
Siuidlc I'i'ic, 
Antioch, 
Tjf'banoii, 
I'lcasunt Grove, 
Ehenczfr, 
Mount EJJam, 
Beaver Dam, Bla. 
Hickory Grove, 
Gross Koads, 
Seven Greeks, 
-Mount Zion, 
.Beaver Dam, Col. 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill X Roads, 

Mount Tabor, 

Mill Greek, 
New Britain, 
)Slialoate, 
Beulah. 
Gape Fear, 
Faycttcville, 
Bear Swamp, 
Saw Mill, 
Honey C'amp, 
<:Iood Hope, 
Spring Branch, 
Mount Fisgah, B. 
Buck Greek, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 
Chccrlul Hope, 
rilomit Fisgah, R. 
Bethel, 
IMount ^loriah, 

Concord, 

Providence. 

]\Iount Pleasant, 

Macedonia, 

BigB) 

Shiloh, 



j\V. Ayers. 

I 

i 

!W T Potter. 

i 

!.J. Stone. 
E. Davis. 



Tho. Smith. D. Haj-s. 



jJd Sab. 

!H. Lcnnon. jlst Sab. 

\ B Stephens., -Jth Sab. 
A B Stephens. 1st Sab. 
4th Sab. 
;2d Sab. 
4th Sab. 
4th Sab. 



Joel Flill. 



jJ. Bennett. 

! 

|.I G Avcritt. 
.r McDaniel. 



John Ijee. 



A. Kinr; 



J. Mears. 
P. Prince &, 

S. Suggs. 



E. Davis. 
.1. Lee. 
Joel Hill. 
Joel Hill. 
J. F. ]McGall. 

J. Lee. 
J. Hill. 
Joel Bennett. 



Big Brunch, 



H. Wood- 
ward. 

^VHollings- 
worth. 

J F McGall. 



W. Mints. {J. Bennett. 
J. Bennett. 



W. Ayers. 



|W. Ayers. 
I A. King. 
jJ. Lee. 

1 
S. C'ox. ''X. King. 
W. Venion. ,.1. Bennett. 

F. Prevatt. 



B. ^^'ard. 



W. Ayers. 
J. Bennett. 



J. F. 31cGall 
D. Hays. 



;]d Sab. 
.3d Sab. 
2d Sab. 
4th Sab. 

1st Sab. 

2d Sab. 
1st Sab. 
:7d Sab. 
3d Sab. 
M Sab. 

2d Sab. 

2d Sab. 
.3d Sab. 
1st Sab. 
4th Sab. 
2d Sab. 
2d Sab. 
1st Sab. 

2d Sab. 
.3d Sab. 
4tli Sab. 

:id Sab. 



4lh Sab. 
2d Sab. 



iLcesvilie, N. G. 

fjiimberton. 
; Ditto. 

Ditto. 

(iaddysville. 
•Leesville. 
i Lumberton. 
iEllzabelh Tov.'n. 
j Ditto. 

■ IJig Svi'amp. 
[Gum Swamp. 
jWhiteville. 

Ditto. 
'Porter Swamp. 

Glim Swamp. 
Ditto. 



'Shaloate. 

i Fayctteville. 

I Ditto. 

! Allen's Bridge S C 

I Ditto. 

' Gonwayshorough. 

Fair Bluff. 



Lumberton. 
Smithville. 



All of which is respfcttulh' subiiiittet 



Y. PRF/VA'rr. Chmrmaju 



11 




■* Robeson Count tj. 
Ash])olc, ; 

Bijr l>iaiich, 
Saddle Tree, 
Providt'ucc, 
Burnt Lskaids, 
Lebanon, 
Pleasant (jJrovc, 
Elsenezcr, 
?.Iouat Eliam, 
Mount Pi.-i;Tali, 

4 ■Bladzii Count)/. 
Beaver Dam, 
Hickory Ghovc, 
Slnloii, 

Ivlount Pleasant, 
Cross Roads, 
Seven Creeks, 
IMount Zion, 

^, Coluinhus C'ty. 
Boiiver D;tm, 
Porter Swamp, 
Western Proni;-, 
Pleasant Plains, 
[ronlliUXRoads 
Mount 'Pabor, 
Macetlonia, 

]\Iount ?7lorial), 
t Bntnutrirk C'ty. 
Mdl Creek, 
New Biitain, 
SlialoLite, 
Beulah, 

Chcerfal Hope, 
Mount Pis'i'aii, 
Bethel, 

% Cumherlnnd Co. 



W. Ay)5rs, K. Atkinson. Ti. Bullock, 
J. F. McCALr,, W. BuUard, V/. Barnes 
E. Carlisle, K. M. White, 
J. H. Cobb, A. McMillan, 
G. \Var\vick, .1. Warwick, M. Meavs. 
■\^^ FoTTEii, J. W. Suiith, J. Blunt, 
E. Bullock, N. Martin, A. Griffin, 
A. Walters, J. Varnuni, B. Bledsoe, 
J. Sto-N'e, E. Ivty, J. Lawson, 

J. Thompson, F. PiiEWvrT, J. ?,Ioorc, 

I 

R. IMelvln, sr., T. Tatuni, D. B. IMelvln, 
E. Johnson, A. Edwards, J. Davis, 
J. Smith, J. B^Tue, W. Yomi.5, 
J. Lewis, J. G. Sutton, 



Cape Fear, 

Fay'et.tevllle, 
Concord, 
Ma-ion Di.-i.S.C. 
Bear Sw.imp, 
Saw :.lil!, 
H:>rn/ D,'.^., S. C. 
Hoiiev Camp. 



A. Ilinson, C. Sole, J. Little, 

D. F. V/illiamson, J. Russ, A. Powel. 

li. Lenxon, N. Jordan, J. Ellis, 

G. W. Hill, M. G. Sav/ycr, J. Mcars, 

J. ?,Iills, J. Stanalan.l, 

A. 3Iills, S. Supii-s. S. G. Taylor. 

G. Pa.rker. N. L.' WiUianison," B. Wil- 
liams, 

B. W.inl, J. Council, 1). Fovny, 

J. Rears, *W. Vv'iUis, J. Bikers, 
D. F. B-ix.\ETT, D. Gore, J.'Beacli, 
S. Bennett, *J. Boslbrd, Dr. J. O. Hale. 
^V. D. Sellers, *D. Stanaland, S. T. 

St ana land, 
G. W. Lcnnon, W. Vanium, E. Sn.iitl: 
M. Hurt, A C'lemmons, \V H Dauoiers 
J. Swain, T. W. Westcott, R. ?,L'Aic- 

Fiackun, 

J. C. A\i.:k[tt, D. T. Avcritt, S. L. 

Thairard, 
J.McDax!el, S. ?,Iims. R. McDaniel. 
*J. It. Fort, J. Campl)ell, J. Nunnery. 



(-»ood Hope. 
Spring Branch, 
Buck Creek, 
.Sharon, 

S:mpsoii's Crct-k 
iMoant Zion, 



IMWatsou, S DrsKXJuc!;[!v,N Bullock 
\V. Rogers, 

F. Powell, J. fTai-nlson, Jesse Mar- 

relsoii. 
W. Herdv, R. :A. Anderson. T. ilolmes 
Z. Bullock, H. Ensor, R. E. Price, 

*J. B. Edge, C. Todd, A. Kixg, 

J. G. Gore', W. Hughes, *W. A. Hard) 

W. Ed ire, 



10 

1 

13 

21 



2.5 
19 
11 
1^ 



J. E Lennon, G. L Bro\vn, L. B Ijcnnon 17 
J. Falk, A. V/illiamson, W. Long, 
S. Saucer, D. J. Ray, N. Ray, 



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157 

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12 

REPORT of Commll'ee on Stale of Religion as indicated in Church 

Letters. 

The Committee to \vliom was referred that portion of the Cluirch Let- 
ters appertaining to the State of Religion, have had the same in conside. 
tjon, and respectfully Report — That nothing of a cheering jiature is pre- 
sented, further than unity seems generally to l)e prevailing, with an occa- 
sional exception; and where difliculties have arisen, eHiirts are being made 
to etiect reconciliations. Discipline has been more maintained, and order 
in some instances has sprung out of contusion. Your Committee hope, that 
inasmuch as a great degree of discipline has been, and is now being oh- 
served, that a better state of things is not far in advance, as attention to 
the duties of Church members may bo considered as a sure forerunner of 
more Avarmth than is reported to the Association. Although the Churches, 
viewed collectively, speak of coldness, yet we are gratified that there are 
exceptions. In some, gracious revivals have been had, M'ith Ifirgc acces- 
sions; in one Church 147 were baptized. Two newly constituted Churches 
have been added, which we think is indicative of good. Your Committee 
are of opinion that thej^ could devise a remedy for the coldness manifested, 
but that l)eing more particularly the province of the Committee on the 
Moral Wants of the Churches, they t()rbear commenting. 

ROBT. y.L McRACKAX. 



SATURDAY, Si:i'tt.;mhkr*30, 2i o'clock. 

The former Eonrd of Domestic Missions was called into Session by 
President R. M. McRackan. Appointed H. Leniion to prepare a state- 
ment of the Board's indebtedness, and present the same to this body on 
Monday next. 

Appointed S. Mims, R. McDaniel and R. Melvin, a Committee of Finance. 

Adjourned to Monday, 12 o'clock. 

MONDAY, October 2, 12 o'clock. 

Board came into Session, and proceeded to elect OtHcers, which re- 
sulted as follows: Robt. M. McRackan, President; Haynes Lemion, Clerk 
and Treasurer. 

The following individuals and Cluu'ches came forward and paid the sums 
to their names annexed: — 



John F. McColl, 
Daniel StanaJand, 
Joseph Stannliiud, 
S. B. Stiinaland, 
S})ring Branch Church, per 

Z. Buliock, 
William .Matthews, 
Mt. Pisgah Church, pr J. Bell, 10 00 
J. G. Sutton, -^ 

William Young. 
Bethel Cliurcii, per R. M. 

McRackan, 
Furney Prevatt, 2 50 

FayetteviUe Churcli, per S, 

Mims, 15 00 



."5*5 


00 


.5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 


10 


00 


10 


00 


5 


00 


5 


00 



^5 GO 



per 



James O. Hale, 

New Brittain Churcli, per 

Joel Bennet, 
John (J. Averitt, 
Big Branch Church 

Wm. B. Ballard, 
Samuel Dusenberry, 
Macedonia Church, per G 

Parker, 

Sharon Church, pr. A. King, 10 00 
Abel King, 5 00 

James Brvan. per D. ilavs, 5 00 
William Avers, ' 5 90 



1 
5 



00 
00 

00 
00 



5 00 



$129 40 



]" 



) 



Report of tho imk'btodncss of thf Board called for and accepted. 

Onlcrod, that all subscriptions tV)r nmncy to this Bo-ird, previous to Oc- 
tober 1811, be consigned to the ilanies. 

Report of Committee of Finance called for and accepted. 

Ordered, thnt the monies in hands of ("onnnittee of Finance l)e paid to 
the Trensurer, with directions to pav out the same to former Missionnries 
in proportion to the amount on hand. Corrected an error in last year's 
list of payments, — New Britain Church oidj' paid 8'3 72A, instead of 
$10 72 i." 

Enga,g(>.d the services of John F. McColl as Agent for the Board, and 
that he devote 22 days in each month to riding and preaching through the 
bounds of the Cape Fear B.'iptist Association. 

Agreed, that he be allowed -Si per day. 

Ordered, that in future, all reports made by any Agent or Missionary in 
the em|)loy of this Board, shall be delivered in writing only. 

Appointed R. I\I. McRackan, H. Leimon, li. Mehin, and S. Minii, an 
Executive Committee tor the ensuing year: and that tliey be reprimanded 
for their negligence during the past year. 

On motion, N. L. Williamson was added to said Committee. 

Adjourned to thne and place of the meeting of the next Cape Fear As- 
sociation. 

ROBT. 31. McRACKAX, President. 

HAYNES LENNOX, Cirri:. 






]4 

REPORT II f C<)i!t)7iilfcr nf Finance on Donu'slir Mlsslonx. 

Rccrivod iViiui CliurcLf?:, individiial.^ and Cungi\-giitions, •*^129 40 

RcnKiiiiing in Treasurv last year, 40 02 

Writtfii Report of JoJm D. Coleinriii, 2 l"^.^ 

Ditto ]J wight Hays, 5ij OU 

Sabbath Collection, ^ " 34 18 



S297 7d^ 
lie.spectililly submitted. 

SAMUEL MljtIS, Chairman. 

TREASURER'S REPORT on Domestic Missions. 

Dr. 

1810. To 120 days' service of A. B, Stephens, 8120 00 

" " 120 do. do. Abel King, 120 00 

1S41. " 242 do. do. I). Hays, 242 00 

" " 179 do. do. Abel KinI, 179 00 

1842. " 230 do. do. Vrm. Avoirs, 230 00 
" 154 do. do. D. Ilavs, 154 00 
" 235 do. do. J(j1iu i). Coleman, 235 00 

1843. " 19 do. do. ditto, 19 00 

81299 00 


















COXTRA. 








1840. 


By Cash a> 


P 


r. !"(. 


c't 


of 


A. B. Stephens, 




8103 


57.V 


u 


'■■ Dirto 




d... 






Abel King, 




103 


60 


1841. 


" Ditto 




di). 






1). Hays, 




221 


05i 


a 


" Ditto 




do. 






Abel Kix;g, 




169 


01 i 


1842. 


" Ditto 




do. 






^Vm. Avers, 




120 


38 


i( 


" Ditto 




do. 






D. fla\^s 




75 


00 


u 


" Ditto 




do. 






John D. Coleman, 


126 


22i 


1843. 


" Ditto 




do. 






Abel King, 




20 


38* 


a 


" Ditto 




do. 






D. Hays, 




99 


94ii 


ii 


" Ditto 




do. 






Wm. Avers, 




27 


72 


a 


" Ditto di 


scount 


Bd by 


ditto, 




5 


90 


u 


" Ditto foi 


•\\ 


ardc 


d pr. order of J. D. Cole; 


Tian, 


107 


78 


a 


" Am't now 


diie 


A. 


B 


, Stephens, >?16 


42i 






a 


" Ditto 






Vs' 


m 


Ayers, 70 


00 






u 


'' Ditto 






J. 


D 


. Coleman, 10 


994- 


100 


42 









81299 00 
HAYXES IvEXXOX, Treasurer. 



E X P L A N A T ION. 

The History of the Association, and the Smopsis of tlie History of the 
Churches, designed to bo appended to these Minutes, did not come into 
the hands of the Clerk until the 11th of January, 1844. The Committee 
appointed to examine them ])rior to tlieir pul^lication, are of opinion, that 
the cost of publishing such large documents would be much greater than 
the Association Avouid be wiiling to pay, and therefore they decline tlieir 
publication f.ir the present. 



I N U T E S 



OF THE 



UPiFElR BAPTIST iniSIlTieS, 



AT 



^ 



ROBESON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 



October ^Ith, ^ith^ ®f/i, and 7th, 



^Q4^4^o 



FAYETTEVILLE : 

PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE. 
1844. 



I N U T E S. 



-•»M^ ® fi***'*- 



The Session was opened at hah'" past 10 o'clock, A. M., with a dis- 
course by J. C. Averitt, on 1 Cor. 15th ehap. 58th v: "Therefore, my be- 
loved brethren, be ye sleadfasl, immovable; always abounding in the work 
of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the 
Lord." 

At 12 o'clock M. the Association convened for business, — Samuel Mims, 
P»Ioderator; James McDaniel, Clerk; and Haynes Lennon, Assistant Clerk. 

The Throne of Grace was addressed, and the Divine direction and 
blessino- invoked by K. Davis. 

A Committee of Finance was appointed, consisting of N. L. William- 
son, J. Smith, and G. W. Melvin. 

Letters from the Churches were called for, and being presented, the 
Delegates were enrolled. 

Received two newly constituted Chiu'ches — Brier Branch, in Bladen 
County, N. C. — and Bbthluhem, in Horry District, S. C. 

Elected the following Oflicers for the ensuing year: — Samuel Mims, 
Moderator; James McDaniel, Clerk and Treasurer; and Haynes Lennon, 
Assistant Clerk. 

Invited corresponding and visiting Brethren to a seat. Rev. J. D. 
Coleman, W. D. Martin, A. Rogers, and Cbas. Reaves, Esq., fi"om the 
Welsh Neck Association; and Rev. D. Hays, from the Pee Dee Associa- 
tion, accepted the invitation. 

Appointed the Deacons of the Ashpole Church, in connexion with the 
Financial Committee, to select Preachers for the Stage during the Session. 

The Church Letters were referred to a Committee consisting of H. 
Lennon and J. Smith, who subsequently repoi'ted, and in their report, 
road portions from certain Churches, who have set up, and declared hos- 
tility to Missionary operations, thus occupying a position of rebellion to the 
Association. 

Submitted tlie opposition of those Churches to a Committee, consisting 
of J. Smith, G. W. Melvin, N. L. Williamson, H. Lennon, and James 
McDaniel. 

Appointed H. Lennon, W. Ayers, A. King, J. McDaniel, and D. Hays, 
a Mmisterial Committee to examine Z. Bullock, and any other aspirants 
for Ordination. 

Agreed that the next Session of this Association be at Bear Swamp, 
Marion District, S. C, on Friday before the 1st Lord's day in October 
1845. F. Prevatt to preach the Introductory Sermon, at half past 10 o'- 
clock A. M. H. Lennon his alternate. 



^ 



W. Ayors to preach the Charity SermcA on Sabbath at the next 
Session. 

Appointed IT. Lennon to prepare a digest of the state of Religion in the 
Associarion, from the Church Letters. 

Appointed the following Committees: On Ministerial Location, W. 
Avers, J. C. Averilt, and A. King. On the i7npor!ance of the diffusion of 
Religious Books, J. Smith, J. O. Hale, and G. W. Melvin. On Special 
Changes, R. Wooten, J. IMunroe, and M. Hewitt. On Minutes and 
Letters of Corresponding Associations, R. M. McRackan, S. Dusenberry, 
and J. G. Powel. On llineracy, J. H. Co1>b, D. Hays, and J. D. Cole- 
man. On the Bible Cause, R. McDaniel, A. F. Powel, and S. T. Stana- 
land. On the selection of Corresponding Messengers, Jacoli Thompson, 
J). Coleman, and J. Blunt. 

Appointed H. Lennon to prepare the History of the Association, to be 
appended to these Minutes. 

Agreed that H. Lennon have ^25 for his service in the preparation of 
said History. 

Adjourned to half past 9 o'clock Saturday. 

Morning Prayer by D. Hays. 

SATURDAY MORNL\G. • 

Met pursuant to adjournment. 

Prayer by S. T. Stanaland. 

Committee on the A/i/i-Mission spirit and movements of certain 
Churches in the Association, reported, iieport accepted and ordered to 
be printed. 

Appointed W. Ayers, H. Lennon, and F. Prevatt, to visit those Ciiurch- 
es who have raised opposition to the Association, and convince them, if 
practicable, of the inexpediency of their course. 

Requested the Churches who have sent up moneys subscribed to N. 
A. Purify, Agent of the State Convention, to pay those moneys into the 
hands of the Financial Committee. 

Suspended the business of the Association for the necessary time for a 
Session of the Board of Itineracy. 

Resumed the business of the Association. 

Appointed H. Lennon and J. McDaniel, a Committee of Arrange- 
ments. 

Committee on Ministerial Location reported. Report accepted and or- 
dered to be printed. 

Appointed a Committee of Vigilance, consisting of E. Pitman, T. Lewis, 
Jacob Thf)rapson, A. Inman, A. Watters, and H. iVtkinson, to prevent the 
sale of spiritous liquors near the Meeting House, during the Session of the 
Association. 

The following Quere was discussed at considerable length — "Is a bro- 
ther who is favorable to Missionary operations, yet a member of an op- 
posing Church, and sent by that Clmrch as a Delegate to the Association, 



5 



bound to vote in conHnTnity to the views of his Church, though it iiia\' be 
contrary to his conscience, and conviction of right?" 

Tlie Association thinlv he is not — provided no special injunctions have 
been imposed on him by the Church, requiring him so to do — and in the 
event that such injunctions are imposed, it is the pi'ivilege of the brother 
to decline the appointment to the office of a Dvdegate. 

Adjourned to Monday morning half past 9 o'clock. 

Prayer by E. Davis. 



SABBATH. 

A verv larsre Congregation was in attendance. They were entertained 
by D. Hayes with a discourse on Numbers, 14th chfip. 24th v: "But luy 
servant Caleb, because he liad another spirit with him, and hath followed 
me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed 
shall por-sess it." 

J. McDaniel next arose to deliver the Charity Sermon, but there being 
a strong, cool wind blowing, and roaring in the tops of the oaks with which 
the beautiful grove is so thickly set, and his lungs being in an enft^'bled 
state, it was deemed expedient to repair to the House, where he dis- 
couHed on Philippians, 4th chap. 19th v: "But my God shall supply all 
your need, according to his riches in glory, by Jesus Christ." 

A large portion not being able to get seats in the House, were enter- 
tained by H. Lcnnon at the Stage, with a discourse on Luke, 24th chap. 
4'3th and 47th verses: "And said unto them, thus it is written^ and thus it 
behooved Christ to sutii-'r, and rise from the dead the third day; and ihat 
re|)entance and remission of sins sJiould be preached in his name among 
all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." 

MONDAY .^tORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. 

Prayer by J. H. Cobb. 

Agreed to have lOOO copies of these Minutes printed and distributed as 
heretotbre. 

Agreed that the Clerk have -$15 for his services. 

Committee on Special Changes reported. Report accepted and or- 
dered to be printed. 

Committee on the diffusion of Religious Books reported. Report ac- 
cepted and oi'dercd to be printed. 

Comndttee on Minutes and Letters of Corresponding Associations re. 
ported. Report accepted and ordered to be printed. 

Committee on the selection of Corresponding Messengers reporled. 
Report accepted and ordered to be printed. 

Committee on the Itineracy reported. Report accepted and ordered to 
be printed. 



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Appropi-iiited tlxC collection taken up on Sabljcatl., to the relief of the 
Boa.rd of Itineracj. 

Appointed as Delegates to the State Convention at Raleigh, H. Len- 
non, Jolni McDaniel, Joshua McDaniel, John G. Pov/el. 

Committee of Finance repoitcd. Report accepted and ordered to be 
printed. 

Committee on the Bible Cause reported. On this Report, the Chair, 
man of the (Committee made an address, which was followed by an ad- 
dress from the Clerk. After those addresses thti R^eport was accepted and 
ordered to be printed; and it was then agreed to suspend the business of 
the Association for the necessary time to form a Bible Society. 

A Bible Society, Auxiliary to the State Bible Society, was Ibrmed — H. 
Lennon, President; R. Wooten, 'Secretary. 

The Board of Itineracy held a Session, 

The Association resumed their business. 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Association be presented, in these 
Minutes, io the inhabitants of this vicinity, for the very hospitable enter- 
tainment they have furnished the Association during this Session. 

Appointed S. Mims, R. McDaniel, and J. McDaniel, a Connnittee to 
.examine the History of the Association, previous to its pulilication. 

After a few Valedictory remarks by the Clerk, and Prayer bW^. F. 
MeCall, the Association adjourned. ^ 

SAMUEL MIMS, Moderator. 

J. McDANIEL, Clerk, 



APPENDIX. ^ 

^^,tt^S^ @ 044., ,» 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

The Committee of Finance report as follows: 

According to an order of the last Association, after the expenses of the 
Association, the Treasurer was directed to pay over the balance to Bro, 
Ayres, and consequently there is nothing remaining. 

Sent up from the Churches this year, $68 10| 

Collection on Sabbath for Missions, 24 61-i- 

Sent up for the use of the Baptist State Convention — - 
For Home Missions, $19 50 

Foreign Missions, 17 33-i- 

Education, 17 Osl- 

'^53 91^ 

AH of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN SMITH, Chairman, 



COUNTIES 

AND 

CHURCIIES- 



JiuhesuiL VuLiiitij. 
Ashpole, 
Big- Branch, 
yadclle Tree, 
Providence, 
Burnt Islands, 
Pleiisunt Grove, 
Ebenezer, 
Mount Ellam, 
Mount Pisgah, 

Blndea County. 
Ticaver Dam, 
Hickory Grove, 
Sliiloh, 
White Lake, 
Cross Roads, 
Seven Creeks, 
?iIount Zion, 
Brier Branch, 

Coli^nhus Co. 
Beaver Dam, 
Porter Swamp, 
Western Prong-, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill >^Roads 
Mount Tabor, 
Macedonia, 
Mount Moriah, 

Brtinswick Co. 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shaloate, 
Beulah, 

Cheerful Hope, 
Mt. Pisgah, 
Bethel, 

Cumberland Co. 
Cape Fear, 
Fayetteville, 
Concord, 
Marion Dis. S. C. 
Bear Swamp, 
S^w Mill, 
Horry Dis. S. C. 
Bethlehem, 
Ilonej' Camp, 

Good Hope, 
Spring Branch, 
Buck Creek, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 
Mount Zion. 



DELEGATES. 






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J. Pitman. J. Hill, H. Bullock, Sen., 
W. B. Bullard, ^V. Barnes, M. Warwick, 
E. Carlisle, R. M. White, W. W. Powel. 
J. Cobb, I). McGugan, 
.1. W. Smifh, G. Warwick, J. Blunt, 
J. Moore, A. Griirin. G. W. Braswell, 
A. Walters, J. Varnuni, N. Pitman, 
J. •'^TONE, J. R. Stone, L. Ivey. 
F.PusvATT, J. Thompson, J. B. Thompson 

G. W. Melvin, .1. Casliwell, D. M. Melvin 
E. Davis, E. Johnson, R. M. Sessoms, 
J. Smith, E. Martin, ,1. Munroe, 
W. Lockey, H. Wilkinson, J. G. Sutton, 
J. M. Lennon, W. Lennon, S. Pitman, 
*M. Long, *E. C. Gore, N. Stephens, 
J. Baldwin, D. J. Ray, S. Saucer, 
J. Cain, N. H. Jones, J. S. Beard, 



E. H. Todd, E. Hinson, 5 

D. Coleman, A. F. Powel, J. G. Powel, 22 
H. Lenxon, R. Wooten, A. High, 
G. W. Hill. T. Lee, M. Lono-, 
«J. Mills, J. Wright, *W. D. Gore, 
S'. Siiorgs, B. Harrilson, *J. Harrilson, 
G. Parker, B. Williams, N. L. Williamson 



S. B. Robbin.s. Wm. Willetts, 

M. McKethan, *H. Gall, Z. Rusk, 

S. Bennett, W. Frink. J. O. Hale, 

*D. Staualand, *S. T. Stanaland, W. 

Mathew.s, 
G. W. Lennon, E. Smith, J. Ellis, 
i\I. Hewett, A. Clemons, J. Ilolden, 
T. Wescott, R. M. McRackan, J. Swain, 

J. C. AvERiTT, D. T. Averitt. J. T. Tolar. 
J. McDaniel, S. Minis, R. ]\lcDanie], 
li. Woodward, M. Autry, *G. f^aircloth, 

S. DusENBERRY, R. Bulk)ck, *J Yelvington 
H. Rogers, W. Stephens, 

D. J. Doyle, R. J. Todd, 
Jno. Harrelson, Jesse Planclson, L. Cole- 
man, 

R. E. Price, Z. Bullock, J. Granger, 

A. KiN.5, Chesnutt Todd, 

W. Hughes, J. J. Reavs, W. Harav, 

W. Ed2;e, W. L. Duboi.^. W. Fullwr.od, 



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REPORT OF C0:',I.M1TTEE ON MINISTERIAL LOCATION. 



Ciiuiicims. 



PAsroits. 



Licentiates. 



SurpLY. 



\V. Ayrcs. 
*.I. F. McCall. 



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iW. Balliird. 
Jordan Cobb. 



Ash pole, 
]fitr Hiancli, 
.Saddle Tree. 
Fiovideiice, 
Aiitiocli, i 

Pleasant Grove, i jN. Martin. 

Ebenczer, I 

.T. Stone. 

F. Frevatt, 



F. Frevatt. 



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E. Da 



'H. Iionnon. 
F. Frevatt. 
F. Frevatt. 



T. Smith. 



D. Hav.s. 



Mount Eliam, 
Mount ]^!s!;ali, 
Eeavcr Dain, Bl 
Hickorjf Crovc, 
^hiioli, 
White Lake, 
Cro.ss Roads, 

Seven Creeks, I ] j.Tohn Lee. 

Mount Zion, 
Beaver Dam, Co. 
Porter Swamp, 



]^. Hays. 
\V. Ayres. 
E. Davis. 



Western Fron^ 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill ><lRoadfci 
Mount Tabor, 
Macedonia, 
Mount Moriah, 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shaloatc, 
Beulah, 

Cheerful Hope, 

Mount Fisgah, 
Bethel, 
Cape Fear, 
Fayetteville, 
Concord, 
Bear Swamp, 
Saw INIill, 
Honey Camp, 
Good Hope, 
Spring Brand), 
Buck Creek, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 
Mount Ziou, 
Bethlehem, 
Brier Branch, 

* Ordinates. 



iJoel Little. 



H. Lennon. 



J. Mears, 
S. Su-rffa. 
G. Parker. 
B. Ward. 



H. Lennon. 
W. Ayres. 



John Lee. 



II. Lennon. 
J. Bennett. 
J. Bennett. 



Joel Bennett. 



VV. Mints. 
S. T. Stanaland. 
W. Vernon, & 
E. Smith. 



J. C. Averitt. 
Jas. McDanicl. 
H. Woodward. 



!*S. Dusenbcrry. 



J. Bennett. 
J. Bennett. 

J. Bennett. 



A. King. 
W. Ayres. 



W. Ayres. 
Z. Buliock. 



Z. Bullock. 



W. Ayres. 
John Lee. 



A. Kins:. 



D. Cox. 



A. King. 



A. King. 
W. Ayres. 



IDavs ok Mi;i;t- 

I ING. 

ithird Sa'bimtJir' 
Third Sabbath. 



Fir.st Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
Third Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
Tiiird Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
Third Sabbath. 
Tliird Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
.! Fourth Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
Third Sabbath. 

Third Sabbath. 

Fourth Sabbath. 
Third Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 



First Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 

Tliird Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
Second Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
First Sabbath. 
JThird Sabbath. 
Fourth Sabbath. 



All of which is respectfully submitted. 



W. AYRES, Chairman. 



9 

REPORT ON MINUTES OF CORRESPONDING ASSOCIATIONS. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Minutes of Corresponding 
Associations, beg leave to report that they iiave examined the same, and 
find nothing worthy of special attention. 
Respecttlilly submitted. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL CHANGES. 

The Church at Pleasant Plains have sustained a loss in the death of 
their Pastor, Elder Joel Hill, who ceased from his labors on the 1st inst. 
Brother Hill arrived at an advanced age, through great affliction — conse- 
quently, he could not perform the amount of labor in the Lord's Vineyard 
which he otherwise would have done, and which he desired to do. 

He was a devoted Christian, a meek and humble follower of the lamb; 
and we trust he has gone to reap the reward of the righteous in the Para- 
dise of God. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

RICH'D WOOTEN, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON THE BIBLE CAUSE. 

The Bible constitutes the grand foundation of success in the great enter- 
prize of ameliorating the moral condition of men. In the absence of it, 
means may be employed, but they must prove abortive in the end. Leave 
the Bible out, and whatever else may be the apparatus employed, success 
will be Avanting. Bible truth must be disseminated — Bible principles 
must be implanted — the Divinity of the Bible must be possessed. It is 
the main-spring in the machinery of moral reform. 

Not only so, it is the foundation of all our liberties. Let the Bible be 
put entirely aside, and farewell to all that renders society agreeable, and 
life desirable. To it may be traced those important features which place 
our national and moral character in such decided and glorious superiority 
over the heathen. 

And the present is an era in the history of the world, in which it is im- 
portant that the value of the Bible be properly appreciated. While from 
some quarters efforts are making to displace it entirely, and from some 
others, efforts are making to obscure it, either of which ends is so detri- 
mental, the lovers of the pure word of life, ought to lay aside all apathy, 
and engage vigorously in its support. Indifference in relation to this 
cause, will be a blemish in our character as an Association of Christians 
who profess to prize the Bible. Your Committee would therefore respect- 
fully submit the following Resolution:-^— 

Resolved, That an effort now be made to form in this Association, a 
Bible Society, Auxiliary to the State Bible Society, connected with th» 
State Convention. 

All of which is recpcctfully submitted. 

R. McDANIEL, Chairman. 






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REPORT OF COMiMITTEE ON CHURCH LE^ITERS. 

The Committee appointed to examine the Letters of certain Churches 
who have raised objections to the action of the last Session of your body, 
liaving performed said duty, would report as follows: 

That in regard to those Churches who object to the Resolution of the 
Association in relation to the Ordination of Ministers, we believe that they 
are misinformed as to the true "intention and meaning of the Resolution, 
and have misconstrued the action of the Association. We therefore Avould 
recommend to your body to adhere to the Resolutions, and state to those 
Churches tiiat the object of the Association is to relieve the Ministers in- 
dividually from a weight of responsibility which they reluctantly bear, and 
to raise the standard of Ministerial acquirements throughout our Churches, 
and place the responsibility on a more enlarged basis, namely, upon the 
Association itself. 

And to those Churches who have raised the standard of opposition to 
the Missionary Cause, we would recommend your body to say. Brethren, 
you are wrong, altogether wrong. We will pray for you, according to 
your request, with all our power — but whether we shall ever be able to 
convince you of your error, we consider extremely doubtful, for we have 
learned that men convinced against their will, are of the same opinion 
still; and that the time will come when forbearance on the part of the As- 
sociation AviJl be no longer a virtue; and as painful as it will be, Ave will 
be compelled to cut you off. Go, Brethren, and do your first work over, 
and do not shut out the light and be content to live any longer in your pre- 
sent dark condition. We further recommend that a Committee of Minis- 
ters be appointed to visit the Churches at Simpson's Creek, New Britain, 
Iron Hill Cross Roads, Mount Tabour, Pleasant Plains, and Seven Creeks, 
to preach to them and advise them on the subject of opposition. 
Ail of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN SMITH, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS BOOKS. 

The Committee on the Diffusion of Religious Books in this Association, 
would represent to your body, that the want of such Books is greatly felt, 
and particularly Sabbath School Books, the difficulty of procuring which 
has fallen under the personal knowledge of your Committee; and the fact 
that a Baptist Church belonging to your bodj^, having a Sabbath School, 
and anxious to supply the same Avith suitable Books, has been compelled 
to use the Books of other denominations, because there Avas at tlie time 
no Depository Avithin its reach of the Books of the Baptist Tract and Pub- 
lication Society. Your Committee have learned Avith pleasure that there 
is recently established a Depository of the Books of the aforesaid Society 
at Wilmington, under the superintendence of Rev. A. J. Battle, and AA'ould 
recommend to your body to take immediate steps to have the Churches 
Avithin your bounds supplied Avith Books, and to that end, that your Mis- 
sionary be empoAvered to act as Colporteur for ?aid Depository, adding 
thereby a small amount of profit to himself, and enabling (he Churches to 
furnish themseh-es AVith such Bookt. as they much need. 



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And while on the subject of Books, your Commitfee would respectfully 
urge upon your body the necessity of having one unitbrni Hymn Book a- 
niong all our Churches; and recommend to all the Ciuirclies to adopt im- 
mediately a Book recently published under the superintendence of a Com- 
mittee of learned Baptist Ministers, from almost every section of the IT- 
nited States, called the Psalmist, which might very properly be called the 
Baptist Hymn Book. 

All of which is respectfully suljmitted. 

. JOHN SMITH, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE OX THE ITINERACY. 



Judging from what has already been accomplished through the Itinera- 
cy, your Committee are iully convinced that it is one of the most etlicient 
means of advancing the interest? of ilie Association, and^e that claims a 
large measure of attention. It is true that the circulation of that excel- 
lent paper, the Biblical Recorder, is adapted to accomplish much, and so 
is the diffusion of the excellent books published by the Baptist Publication 
Society; and your Committee M^ould rejoice to see these means multiplied 
a hundred fold iii the Association; and they do hope that general attention 
will be soon awaked up to them. They will operate as pi(Mieers-to the 
Itineracy. An Itinerant can accomplish a great deal more in those re- 
glons where these sources and means of information are generally found, 
than where they are not. But let the Itineracy be amply sustained, for 
if it fail, it will be like the failure of a great wheel in the machinery of 
our Associational interest. Oh, how it is to be regretted that it should 
meet ag much difHeulty as it does! Yet your Committee rejoice ia the 
belief that its pafrons are increasing instead of diminishing, and they an- 
ticipate 'A day not far distant, when present obstacles will vanish awa}'. — 
They feel that the Association, in view of vvhat has already been done, 
and the prospect before us, have abundant ground to thank God and take 



courage. 



All of vi^hich is respectfully submitted. 

J. H. COBB, Chairman. 

DIGEST OF ASSOCIATIONAL LETTERS. 

Anfioch. — This Church enjoys the blessings of peace, harmony, and 
good discipline. Elder Haynes Lennon is their supply. 

Ashpole—Specliiss a good state of things. Elder Wm. Ayers is their 
Pastor. 

Bear Swamp — Hath enjoyed the labors of Elders V/m. Ayers and Sam'l 
Dusenberry. There is much harmony. 

Beaidah. — This Church supplicates more union and love. Desires a 
continuation of the Itineracy. Eld. Joel Bennett is their suj)ply. 

Bcavsr Dam, Cclanihus County. — This Church experienced a diversity 
of opinion soon after last Session, about resolutions adopted, which they 
now unanimously approve. All is well. "3f«?/ the Lord be uith the?n.'" 

Beaver Dam, Bladen County. — In this Church brotherly love abounds, 
and the work of the Lord is gradually progressing. 



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Bethel. — There is nothing said about their condition or Pastor. 

Beihtehem. — This is a newly constituted body, desiring to adorn the 
doctrine and profession they have made. Elder A. King is their supply. 
Let iniegrity and uprightness 'preserve me: for I wait on thee. Ps. 25, 12. 

Big Branch. — Complains of coldness and some unpleasantness in mat- 
ters of discipline, but prays for spiritual assistance. Eld. Furney Prevatt 
is their suppi}'. They are sentimentally Missionaries. 

Brier Branch. — This Church Avas formed last November, of members 
dismissed from Beaver Dam. Eld. Wm. Ayers has been their supply, 
whose laljoi's have been abundantly blessed with them. They enjoy more 
than ordinary Grace. 

Cape Fear. — Nothing of a cheering nature. Elder J. O. Averitt is 
their Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope — Is in peace. Is favorable to the Itineracy. Is visited 
by Eider Joel l^nnett quarterly. 

Concord. — T^hing special. 

Cross Roads. — There are existing difficulties, which if not speedily re- 
moved, may terminate unpleasantly; though fortunately they abound with 
very few of the membei's. They are under the care of Eld. E. Davis. 

Ebenezer. — There is an entire change for the better. The Lord has 
visited them again — peace is restored, brotherly love abounds, and 19 
have been added by baptism. Elder F. Prevatt is their supply. '■''Make 
vs glad according to the days wherein thou hast ajfiicted tts, and the years 
zvherein we have seen evil." Ps. 90, 15. 

Fayeiteville. — This year's communications are not so pleasing as last, 
yet there is abundant cause of gratitude to our Heavenly Father, that his 
work of Grace has been continued. 

Hickory Grove. -^-ThcYe has been a pleasantness of season with this 
Church. Elder E. Davis is their Pastor. 

Honey Camp.: — There is unity of spirit. Bro. Z. Bullock has visited 
and preached to them. His services are acceptable. 

Iro7i Hill X Roads. — "We are under the watchful care of Elder John 
Lee. Our Church is in a pleasant circumstance, and abounds with much 
love and tranquility. We have great cause to be thanktiil to our blessed 
Redeemer for his goodness bestowed on us. We are dissatisfied with two 
Resolulio))s of last Session, viz: 1. The rejection of Lewis Puckett and 
others of lij;e sentiments. 2. The Ordination of Ministers." — [Co2)ied.] 

Macedonia. — Condition not stated. No Pastor. 

Mill Creek. — This Church is on the decline. Excluded seven for de- 
parture from the Faith. No Pastor. Little or no preaching with the ex- 
ception of the Itinerant. '■^Return O Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove." 

Ml. Eliam. — In this Church there is peace, and a desire that Evan- 
gelical Missions may cover the earth. Elder Isham Stone is their Pastor. 
'■''Let the whole earth hejiUed with his Glory. Amen and. Amen." 

Ml. Pisgah, Robeson County. — Nothing important. Eider Furney Pre- 
vatt is their Pastor. 

Mt. Pisgah, Brunswiclc Comity. — This Church complains of coldness. 
Have been visited four times by each, brethren Ayers and McCall. Eld. 
A. King. is their Pastor. Prayer meetings are held semi-monthly. 

Mt. Tabor. — This Church speaks of biotherly love abounding, and fur- 



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thnr adds: "We are not favorable to the Rosolutions of last Srssion rela- 
live to the 'Ordination of Ministers' and Anti-Missionary Preachers." No 
Pastor. Samuel Suggs, Licentiate. 

Ml Zion, S. C. — This very orderly body is destitute of a Pastor. Bro. 
Samuel T. Staualand has regularly attended theui monthly tc»r the past 
year. Thej" are sound in the Mission Cause. 

Ml. Zion, N. C. — There has been much confusion in tliis Cliurch; but 
during the last three months peace has been restored, and there is a pros- 
pect of better times. Elder H. Lennon is their supply. 

New Brilaln. — The communications from tliis Church are of a melan- 
choly character, entirely disapprobating the Resolutions of last Session 
relative to the Ordination of Ministers, and of one Lewis Pucketf, an Aiiti- 
Missionary Preacher. They supplicate peace and harmony. Elder Joel 
Bennett is their Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove — Has been visited by the Holy Spirit in the abundance 
of Grace. There is truly a very good state of things here. Elder F, 
Prevatt is their supply. 

Pleasant Plains. — This Church is somewhat dissatisfied with the pro- 
ceedings of last Session. They have sustained the loss of their Pastor, 
Elder Joel Hill. There is at present a general peace with the brother- 
hood. 

Porter Swamp — Has experienced some very precious meetings. Has 
baptised 22, several of \^hom v/ere far advanced in age, others not yet 
matured. Elder Wm. Ayers is their supply. 

Providence. — Nothing special. 

Saddle Tree. — Rather cold. No regular preaching. 

Saw Mill. — This Church is dependant on the Itineracy for the word of 
Life — prays for the continuance thereof. 

Seven Creeks. — This Church is unanimously opposed to the Resolutions 
of last Session, touching the Ordination of Ministers, also the ministry of 
Lewis Puckett. There is unity of sentiment and doctrine. 

Shaloate. — Nothing important. Elder Joel Bennett is their supply. 

Sharon. — All in peace. Elder A. King is their Pastor. 

Shiloh — Has not been regularly supplied with a Pastor. They keep 
up regular prayer meetings, and have a flourishing Sabbath School. 

Siinpson's Creeji. — This Church expresses a determination to j)atronise 
Lewis Puckett, and all Ministers of like sentiment. Also to disapprobate 
the Board of Domestic Missions, and on no occasion receive any agent 
thereof. Elder A. King is their supply. 

Spring Branch. — This Church communicates nothing of an interesting 
nature. Bro. Z. Bullock, a licensed Minister, is sent to the Association 
for examination. Elder W. Ayers is their supply. 

Western Prong — Enjoys undisturbed peace and love, and has for their 
Pastor Elder Haynes Lernion. 

White Lake. — This Church was formerly kno^vn by name of Mount 
Pleasant, and in August last was reorganised by the assistance of Elders 
H. Lennon and W. Ayers. They enjoy much harmony. Elder Ayers 
labored with them this year successfully. 

Note 1. — Such Churches as are not found in the above, are either dis- 
solved or not rcpre:*ented. 



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Nole 2. — A great portion of the above Churches have acknowledged, 
with gratitude, the lajjors of Elder John F. McCall, our Itinerant. 

DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

Saturdav, Oct. 5, .1844 — 1 o'clock. 

The Board was called into session by President R. M. McRackan. 

Appointed Brethren John Smith, N. L. Williamson, and Geo. VV. Mel- 
vin, a Committee ot Finance. 

The following Churches and individuals came forward and paid the an- 
nexed amounts: 



Robert iMelvin, 
Sani'l Dusenberrv, 
Joseph St:tnaland, 
AV^illiam Mattliews, 
Dr. J. O. Hale, 
Daniel Gore, 
Elder F. Prevatt, 
Z. Bullock, 
Fayetteville Church, 
Robt. M. McRackan, 



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Macedonia Cluu'ch, 

Elder John F. McCall, 

Shiloh Church, 

Wm. B. Bidlard, 

Bethel Church, 

Mt. Zion Church, Columbus, 

Western Prong Church, 

Cross RoadK Church, 

George W. Lennoii, 

F. D. Breece, 



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Then proceeded to the election of Officers, which resulted as follows; 
R. M. McRackan, President; Haynes Lennon, Clerk and Treasurer. 

Appointed Brethren John Smith, N. L. Williamson, and Samuel Minis, 
a Committee on the selection of an Itinerant for the ensuing year. 

The Executive Committee of past year having given entire satisfaction, 
was unanimously i-e -appointed. 

Adjourned to Monday next. 

MoxDAY,-— 2 o'clock. 

The Board came into session. 

The Report of the Itinerant was read and received. 

Committee on Finance reported. 

The Committee on the selection of an Itinerant reported, that they had 
engaged the services of Eider John F. McCall. Report accepted, and 
the Committee discharged. 

Agreed, that all settlements with Itinerants be referred to the Treasurer. 

Agreed, that all unfinished business be reierred to the Executive Com- 
mittee. 

Agreed, that Bro. jMcCall omit visiting such Churches in the South 
Circuit as are disaftected, until the Committee appointed by the Associa- 
tion, shall have seen and conferred with them on the subject of Missions. 
Further agreed, that said Committee be requested to give Bro. McCall 
such instructions relative to the Itineracy as they shall deem most judi- 
cious for the present year. 

Adjourned to time of the sitting of the next session of this Association. 

ROBT. M. McRACKAN, President. 

IIAYXES LEXNON, Clerk. 



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REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

Received from Churches, individuals, &;c., ^ $113 26 

Ditto ditto J. F. McCall, ' 52 76 

Ditto ditto C. F. Association, Siibbath Collection, 24 61^ 

j ■ 

.$190 63^ 
Respecttlilly submitted. 

JOHN SMITH, Chairman. . 

TREASURER'S REPORT, 

1844.— Paid A. B. Stephens' Estate in full, f 20 37| 

Ditto William Ayres, in full, 22 00 

Ditto John D. Coleman, in full, 19 99| 

Ditto John F. McCall, balance in Treasury, 128 26| 

The present debt is $126 73^. 

HAYNES LENNON, Treamrer. 

REPORT OF JOHN F. McCALL ON HIS ITLNERACY IN CAPE 

FEAR ASSOCIATION. 

Dear Brethren: Owing to the cause of suspending Itinerant preaching 
during last year, every thing relative to Missions Avith us has undergone a 
material change, — a change not easily amended. Nothing but indefati- 
gable zeal, with well concerted plans, will restore its condition. True, 
many have maintained a steady course; a few have increased exertions^ 
but it is much to be deplored that many who professed to be friends 
of "active BE?fEvoLEivcE" are now manifestly defective therein: Not- 
withstanding such is the fact Avith professors, the work of the Lord is going 
on, though it progiesses sioAvly; yet it is destined to triumph. 

I have travelled for the Board 255 dajs, preached 309 Sermons, 1)ap- 
tised 129 pe-sons, and received trom Churches and individuals only $123 
70. I am, dear Brethren, with profound respect, 

Yours in the Gospel, 

JOHN F. McCALL. 



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POST OFFICES OF THE PASTORS AND LICENTIATES. 

W. .\yres, 'W. Biilhnd, J. F. McCall, nnd F. Prrvatt, Lecsvlllc, Robeson Co., N. C. 

Joidiiu Cobb, St. I'liul'ri V. O:, Robeson County, N. C. 

N. Martin, Giulclysvillc P. O., Robeson County, N. C. 

J. Stone, Luinberton, Roboson County, N. C. 

T. Suiitli and E. Davis, Elizabeth Town, Bladen County, N. C. 

Joel Little, B. Ward, and Joel Bennett, Wbiteville, Columbus County, N. C. 

H. Lcnnon, Big Swamp, ("olumbus County, N. C. 

J. Mears and S. Suggs, Gum Swamp, Columbus County, N. C. 

G. Parker, Porter Swamp, Columbus County, N. C. 

W. Mints and S. T. Stanaland, Little River, S. C. 

"\V. Vernon and E. Smith, Robeson's P. O., Brunswick Coimty, N. C. 

J. C. Averitt and H. Woodward, Fayetteville, N. C. 

James McDaniel, Wilmington, N. C. 

John Lee and A. King, Conwayborough, S. C. 

Z. Bullock, Fair Bluff, Columbus County, N, C, 

S. Dusenberry, Fullersvillo, S. C. 



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rJONSTlTUTIOxX OF CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 
RULES OF DECORUM. 
ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES. 

As the coniminiion of Saints, so the coranimnion of Churclies, is a desi- 
nihle blessing, to obtain and promote which ouglit to be the study and 
pleasure of all the people of God. 

Churches formed on the Gospel plan are independent of each other re- 
lative to power, but the reverse in regard to coinmnnhn. For if Saints in 
general have an indisputable right to participate in the gifts and graces of 
each other, so have Churches in a joint capacity. 

In order to obtain the blessing of communion more fully, there ought to 
be a coalescing of several (Jhurcbes into one body, so far as their local 
situation and other circumstances will admit. But as it is impracticable 
for all the individual members of the several Churches thus associated to 
attend, the better way by experience has been found to be, to represent 
by a delegation of tiie most able and pious of said Churches, particularly 
the Ministry, yet so as by no means to give the latter the ascendancy in 
point of numbers. Such an assemblage should be hold annually at such 
times and places as would be most conducive to the great end proposed 
by said confederacy. 

Such delegation, when convened, should keep in \ie\v their covenant 
for the promotion of Christ's cause in general, and the interest of the 
Churches they represent in particular. 

Although such a combination of Churches is not expressly commanded 
in Scripture, yet it receives sufRcieiit countenance and authority from the 
light of nature, and the general laws of society, as to leave without a doubt 
its propriety. There is one precedent established by Apostolic authoi'ity, 
recorded in Acts, chap. 15. 

An Association thus formed is a respectable body: it represents not a 
city, country, or naticjn, but the Chuiches of Jesus Christ. It is by no 
means deemed a superior judicature, vested with coercive power or au- 
thority over the Churches; it presumes not to impose its sentiments on its 
constituents, under pain of excommunication; nor does it anathematize 
those who do not implicitly submit to its determinations, — which would be 
nothing less than spiritual tyranny, and better comport with the arbitrary 
spirit of Popish Councils, than \\ ith that meekness which characterises 
the humble followers of Christ. The Apostles, Elders, and Brelliren, who 
composed the first Christian Comicil, presumed not to impose their deci- 
sions upon the Churches in a lordly manner, but prefaced their determi- 
nations with this modest introductory: "/t seemed good to the Holy Ghost, 
and to us, to lay upon you no greater harden than these necessary things." 
The Baptist Association assumes no iiigher a title than that of an AdvisO' 
ry Council; consistent with which epithet it ought always to act, when it 
acts at all, without infringing upon the lights of independent congrega- 
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tlonal Chiirciie.s. Xevcilhelcss, it liath a natural and unalioiiable right 
to judge for itself, what Churches .shall be admitted into confederacy with 
it, and to withdraw from all such Churches as obstinately persist in hold- 
ing corrupt principles, and doctrines incompatible with the New Testa- 
ment, after proper aiid timely admonition has been given them. 

The beneiits arising from an association of Churches are many. Irt 
general, the truth, order, and discipline of the Gospel will be niaintauicd. 
More particularly: 

1. The Churches may have such doubts as arise amongst them removed, 
and avoid serious contentions. 

2. They will invariably be furnished with salutary counsel. 

3. Those Churclies which have no Ministers, may be occasionally sup- 
plied with the word of liie. 

4. The Cliurclies will be more closely united in promoting the cause 
and interest of Christ. 

5. A sound and Evangelical Ministry will be encouraged, whilst thai 
which is defective Avill be discountenanced. 

6. Any member aggrieved through partiality or any other cause, may 
be reconciled. 

7. Wherein a lai-ge parly may withdraw from any Church by means of 
any obtruding Ministry, or otherwise, the aggrieved may seek redress. 

8. Churches liaving candidates for the Ministry, may have them j)ro- 
perly examined upon their qualitications. 

These and other advantages arising from such an union of Churches, 
must induce every Godly Church to desire a conjunction with such a body. 

THE CONSTITUTION, OR FORM OF GOVERNMENT, 

Of ihe Cajie Fear Baptist Association. 

From a long series of experience, we, the Churches of Jesus Christ, 
being regularly baptised upon the confession of our faith in Christ, are 
convinced of the necessity of a combination of Churches, in order to per- 
petuate an union and communion amongst us, and preserve and maintain 
a correspondence with each other in our union: — We therefore propose 
to maintain and keep the orders and rules of our Association, according 
to the following plan or fjrm of government: 

Article I. The Association shall be composed of members chosen by 
the different Chm-ches in our union, and duly sent to represent them in 
the Association; who shall be members whom tliey judge best qualified 
for that purpose; and producing letters from their respective Churches, 
certifying their appointments, shall be entitled to a seat. 

Art. II. In the letters from the different Churches, shall be expressed, 
their numbers in full fellowship, those baptised, received by letter, dis- 
missed, excommunicated, and dead, since the last Association. 

Art. III. The members thus chosen and convened, shall have no pow- 
er to lord it over God's heritage; nor shall they have any classical power 
over the Churches; nor shall they iniringe any of the internal rights of any 
Church in the Union. 

Art. IV. The Association, when eonvr-ned, shall be goveniod and ruled 
•fcy a regular and proper dccciura. 



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Art. V. The Association sliall liavf a. Modcrfitor and C:erk, who shall 
3)e chosen by the suilrage of the menihcrs present. 

Art. VI. New Churches may be admitted into the Union, Avho shall 
petition by letter and delegates; and upon examination, (if found orthodox 
and orderly,) shall be received by the Association, and manitested by the 
Moderator jjivino- the Deieoate the ri<rht hand of fellowship. 

Art. Vil. Every Church in the Union shall be entitled to a represen- 
tation in the Association, Ijiit shall have only two members from each 
Church. 

Art. VIII. Every quere presented ])y any me!ril)er in the Association, 
shall be twice read; and before it be debated, the Pfloderator shall put it 
to vote, and if there be a majority tijr its being debafed, it shall be taken 
into consideration, and be dclibei'ated; but if there be a majority against 
it, it shall be withdrawn. 

Art. IX. Every motion made and seconded, shall come under the con- 
sideration of the Association, except it be withdrawn by the memiier who 
made it. 

Art. X. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the Churches with 
the Minute's of the Association. Tiie best metliod of etlecting that pur- 
pose, shall be at the discretion of future Associatioiis. 

Art. XI. We think it absolutely necessary that we should have an As- 
isociafion Fund f!;r defraying the expenses of the same; for the raising and 
>>npportiiig of which, we think it the duty of each Church hi the Union to 
contribute, voluntaril}^, such sums as they shall think proper, and send by 
the hands of their Delegates, to the Association: and those moneys thus 
contributed by the Churches, and received by the Association, shall be 
deposited in the hands of the Treasurer, by the Association, who shall be 
accountable to the Association f(;r all moneys by him received, and paid 
■out, according to the direction of the x\ssociation. 

Art. XII. The Minutes of the Association, when printed, shall be re- 
gularly tiled by th*». Clei'k, and the book bv liiai shall Ije kept tor the use 
-of the Association, and he shall endeavor to have said book present at 
each Asswiation. 

Art. Xill. The Minutes of the Association shall be read, (and correct- 
ed if need be,) and sigtied by the Moderator and Clerk, betbre the Asso- 
ciation rises. 

Art. XIV. Amendments to this plan or tbrm of government, may be 
made at any time, by a. majority of the Union, when they may deem it 
necessary. 

Art. XV. The Association shall have power, 

1. To provide lor the general union of tiie Churches. 

2. To preserve inviolably a chain of communication amongst the 
Churches. 

3. To give the Churches all necessary advice in matters of difficulty. 

4. To inquire into the cause wdiy the Churches fail to rejjresent them- 
selves at any time, in the Association. 

5. To ap[)ropriate tiiose moneys by the Churches contributed for an 
Association Fund, to any purpose they may think proper. 

6. To appoint any member or members, by and with his or their can- 
sent, Lo transact any business they may see prcpei'. 



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7. The Association shall have power lo withdraw from any Church in 
this Union, which shall violate tiie rules of this Association, or deviate 
from the orthodox principles of Religion. 

8. To admit any of the distant brethren in the Ministry, as assistants, 
who may be present at the tune of their sitting, whom they shall judge 
necessary. 

9. The Association shall have power to adjourn themselves to any fu. 
ture time or place they may think most convenient to the Churches in the 
Union. 

RULES OF DECORUM. 

Article 1. The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer, 

2. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the mem))ers present, 

3. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise trom his seat 
and address the iModerator, when he is about to make his speech. 

4. The person thus speaking shall not be interrupted in his speech by 
any except the Moderator, till he is done speaking. 

5. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise reflect on the 
person who spoke betcire, so as to make remarks on his slips, failings, or 
imperfections; but shall t'airly state the case and matter as nearly as he 
can, so as to convey his light or ideas. 

6. No person sliall abruptly break off, or absent himself from the As- 
sociation, without liberty from the Association. 

7. No person shall rise and speak more than three times on any sub- 
ject, Avithout liberty from the Association. 

8. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing du- 
ring the sitting of the same, nor whispering in the time of a public speech. 

9. No member of the Association shall address another in any other 
terms or appellatives but the title of Brother. 

10. The Moderator shall not interrupt any member, nor prohibit him 
from speaking, till he gives his light on the subject, except he breaks the 
rules of this Decorum. 

11. The names of the several members of the Association shall be en- 
rolled by the Clerk, and called over as often as the Association requires. 

12. The Moderator shall be the last person who shall speak to the 
subject, who may give his opinion if he pleases, betbre he puts the mat- 
ter to a vote, but shall have no vote himself, unless the Association be e- 
qually divided. 

13. That any member who shall willingly and knowingly break any of 
these rules, shall be reproved by the Association, as they shall think 
proper. 

The Cape Fear Baptist Association primarily sprang from the Phila- 
delphia Baptist Association, under the Ministry of Elders Mdler and Van- 
horn, of the State of Xevv Jersey, Missionaries sent to the colonies in 
North Carolina, under the direction of said Association, to preach to them 
the unsearchable riches of Christ. These faithful servants of Jesus 
Christ, were the tirst to establish and preach the "Saints' Hnal persever- 
ance in grace" unio eternal life. Their labors were principally confined 



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to the Eastern part of the Staff. In the liands of Divine Providence, they 
were instrumental in reforming many Cliuitiies, (rirst founded on the priii- 
ciples embraced by Free-Will Baptist-;,) particuUuly in Edgccond)e, Hali- 
tax, Warren, Bertie, and Camden counties, about seven in number. Tliese 
Churches in 1765, entered into compact, cailed the "Kehukee Baptist A.s- 
fsociation," and adopted the "Confession of Faith" published in London 
1689. In 1782 Rides of Dec(;rum were introduced In Elder Lemuel 
Burkill, and in 178^) a plan of government, both of which were adopted, 
and proves to be tlie original of ours. From the increase of Ciun-ches 
and inconveniencv of attending Associations, it vvas deemed expedient to 
divide, and in 1790 a division was ettt'cted, giving rise to the Virginia and 
Portsmouth Association, with 19 Churches, still retaining 42. In 1793 
this Association increased to 49 Cluu'ches, and 8440 communicants. l)u- 
rina: this vear a second division was made, resulting in giving existence 
to the "Neuse Baptist Association," with 23 Churches. From this last 
Association sprang the Cape Fear Bapiist Association, wliich was consti- 
tuted in the year 1S05, with the following Churches:* Bladen Couiily — 
Beaver Dam, Big Swamp. Colnmhvs Coim'y — Seven (Jreeks. Bruns- 
wick Cuuntij — Livingston,! Lockwood's Foliy.t Ciimherhtnd Couniij — 
Cape Fear. I Duplin Coimly — Bear Mai'sh.f 3Iuddy Creek, f Limestone, 
and iValiungo. New Hanover Conn.!// — Bull 'I'aihf Vv'ilmington. On.sluw 
County — (,'hapel Rim, South West, Averitt's .\L H. Robeson County — 
Asliepoie.f Saddle Tree,']' Bear Swamp. Sanipsnn Coiinly — (Joharie,f 
Seven Miles,"}" Mingo. "j" Wayne Coun<y — Tliunder Swamp. Ministry — 
Job Goodman, Ezekiel Bryan, Job Thigpen, Silas Carter, .Tohn Gornto, 
Isham Pitman, Fleetwood Cooper, and Aaron 3Ioore. David Grantham, 
licensed. 

From 1805 to 1810, nothing can lie given that is interesting, more tlian 
that the subject of Domestic Missions is warmly advocated, and annually 
pome of the Ministry would visit the destitute Churches, for which they 
were compensated by the Association out of the Association Fund. In 
every age there have been fmnd men, who, for the Glory of God and the 
salvation of sinners, have sacrificed their lives in the cause of Christ, — 
men who counted not their lives dear unto them, but gave themselves^ 
wholly to the work of the Lord. Such were found in this Association at 
its bcffinuintj. 

The work oi the Lord found enemies, which reduced his servants to the 
necessity of preparing a Circular, "on the peace and prosperity of Zion," 
of which the following is an extract: "It is obvious that many entertain an 
inveterate prejudice against paying the preachers for their services, and 
even hold those in contempt who receive wages of them that are taught in 
the word. Hence we have tallen into an eri'oneoiis haljit which v.'ill not 
be easily relinquished; a remissness in supporting the Ministry, that we 
are apprehensive it will be extremely difficult to convince of its pei'nicious 
tendency so as to effect a reformation." Such indeed proved to be true; 



*If the Editor is incorrect in giving tlie list of Churclies and Ministry, any one would 
confer a favor '03' forwarding him the original statistics, for which he would be very 
grate ful. 

t'flusc Churches were dismissed from Kehukec Association. 



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thei^o dinieultit's yet remain. Xotwithstanding such opposition, the work 
Aveiit jrradiiallv on. 

A correMipundence was held with the Charleston, Xeuse, Raleigh, and 
Flat River Associations, and many of the Ministers, while travelling to 
and Irom, would visit such Churclies as were on their way. Many etii>rts 
were made l»y the Ministry to get in operation a system ot" Itineracy, which 
was approliated by a large portion ot the Delegates; but from causes with- 
out nunil)er, it remained merely in a state of inactivity, until aljuut 1814, 
when tJie sul)iect of Foreign Missions was proposed lo the consideration 
of the l)a[)tists throughout the I nioa. The thinkimT, the piou.^, and the 
intelligent, reailily embraced this work, and in May of same year, assem- 
bled in Philadelphia to concert measures tor the propagation of the Gospel 
in the iJurman Empire, and among the Indian tril<es in the United >S:ates. 
AVhereupon, this Association, witli others, became auxiliaries to the Board, 
and all yiehled a t'avorable countenance. In the year 1816, Foreign 
Missions engaged the entire attenrion of tliis body; a Corresponding Se- 
cretary and an Agent were appointed; sixty dollars were immediately 
raised during the Session, and Eider J. A. Ranaldson, former Secretary, 
reported the tbllowing: — 

"The momentous subject of Evangelical Missions is found in almost 
every recent publication from tlie P/r.v.v, \\hether religious, civil, or polit- 
ical. It has become the daily theme of the pulpit, has claimed the uni- 
versal attention of religious Associations, and has reached the recesses of 
the cabinet. Christendom has waged spiiitual war with the heathen 
world: — armed «ith the panoply of Heaven, and led by the captain of 
iSaivatiun, she is marching on to victory, slaying her thousands with the 
edge of the sword! The rise and spread of Missionary and Bible institu- 
tutions, are such as to create surprise and astonishment. The prospects 
are still brightening before us — the prospects of the near approach of the 
latter days, which kings and prophets desired to seel It appears from the 
signs of the times, that we li\'e to see an age of wonders, a most memora- 
ble epoch of the Christian Church. 

'"In various parts of our country, very extensive and happy revivals have 
been realized among different denominations of christians. Hundreds 
have been added to the Churches; and in several colleges and other sem- 
inaries of learning, many of the promising youth have been made the 
liappy suljjects of this glorious revival. Maj" we not cherish the hope, 
that God is about to raise up a great company to publish his Word among 
the heathen! The Redeeuior's Kingdom is advancing. Truth is power- 
ful; her weapons are invincible. V\'e believe the day is not far distant 
when "the kinudoms of this world shall have become the kingdom of our 
Lord and of his Christ." The Bible will, probably, soon be read in all 
the languages of the East, and be put in the hands of the poor.* "Right- 
eousness shall go t'orth as a lamp that i)urneth:'' Zion shall arise and shine 
with the glory of the Lord: the Gentiles shall come to her light, and kings 



* TliP Bible lias been translated in forty-four different lansuao^cs anion^ the heathens, 
by Baptist ^lissionaries, and has distributed since its foniiatiun up to ld4'], o;29,51(J vo- 
lumes, and by liiis time there are lUO.UDO more ready. The poor of this conntry have 
in a great measure been supplied. LT This proves the triiih ol the above. 



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lo the ]jrightno.«s of lier rising, w!icn "slio luokcth forth as the morning, 
t'air as the jnoon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an arrny with banners." 

Although inanj- were engaged in this very laudable work, it was op- 
posed by some, it continued in a good state until ai>oat 1820, when 
some of the rvliiiistiy em])iaced the iiun-iiii.ssloii class, and from the sacred 
pulpit declared hostility to the spread of the Gospel, and denounced such 
as were engaged in this work as being ^' money hunters'^ and pickpockelfi, 
and wholly unworthy the notice and hospitality of christians. Thus the 
blow was made! Thus it was reiteiated! Alas! it gained the ascendan- 
cy! ynd in 1825 the golden chain was broken. — The Secretary discharged 
and communications stoj>ped. 

It is due to every one then living, who were foremost in this good work, 
and look a prominent jxjsition, to say, they were still ikithful to their trust, 
and, as individuals, annually contributed by some other channel of com- 
munication. These were overpowered by numbers and could have nei- 
ther voice nor liberty in the nnUter. 

'i'he subject of "Feet Washing," as a Church Ordinance, was intro- 
duced in 1822, and on two occasions sulxsequently, to ascertain the views 
of the Churches generally, and perhaps to justily the practice as used by 
tome, which was invariably answered in the negative. 

Much anxiety had been manifested for a division of the Association, and 
in 1825 was proposed to the Churches for their consideration during the 
ensuing year. The line of division to begin at the mouth of Cape rear 
Itiver, thence up said River iu the mouth of Black River, thence up said 
River to the mouth of Big Colu'ry, below Lisbon, thence up said River to 
its head. 

The division was calmly and fairly investigated, and quite satisfactorily 
agreed on, according to the line above designated. That porti(m of the 
Association East of the line was called "Coslien Baptist Association," and 
compi'ised the Ibllowing Churches, viz: 3Iingo, Cohery, Seven Mile, iSew 
Hope, Beulah, and Lisbon, Sanipaon County; Bear iVlarsh, Limestone, 
Muddy Creek, Nahungo, Island Creek, Meadow iM. H., and Concord, 
JJiqjlin County; Bulltail, Maple Hill, Riley's Creek, and Wilmington, 
New Hanover County; South VV^est M. H., Yeope's M. H., and Chapel 
Run, Onshw County. — 20. 

'l"he Cape Fear Baptist Association still retained the following Church- 
es, viz: Ashpole, Saddle Tree, and Burnt Island, Robeson County; Beaver 
liam, and \Valker's Bluff, Bladen County; White Marsh, Se^■en Creeks, 
Beaver Dam, and Cross Roads, Columbus County; New Biitain, and Mill 
Creek, Brunsuick County; Cape Fear, Cumberland County; Bear Swamp, 
Marion District, IS. C; Honey Camp, Horry Di-drict, S. C. — 14. Min- 
istry — John Pitman, Job Goodman, ajid David Thames. 

I'he expenses of the Association were defrayed by the whole, and the 
residue of the Association Fund was equally divided between the two As- 
sociations. 

The Association, in its reduced and prostrated condition, Avas unable to 
effect any efficient measures for the relief of itself or that of others. How- 
ever, in 1828, the subject of an Evangelical Ministry was encouraged, 
and resolutions adopted for the benefit and relief of travelling Ministers. 
A fund was eventually created and equally distributed amongst the Church- 



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e.«, In I'oiiinnonite thase" who uiight visit and preach to lliein tlie Unseai'ch' 
aliif riches ot" Chri^;t. In a short time the s!il)ject ot" Forcijin Mission;* 
\va,.s iutrodi!Ccd, and in lts32 i^ecanie a contril^ntor to the Baptist Stale 
Convention, — it has annuaUy done a lilUe towards some, or all, of its ob- 
jects. About 1833 the Associtttion cordially embraced "Benevolent In- 
stitutions,'' made efforts to advance the cause of Christ generally, — a 
str(;tig desire was manifested that each Church should have preaching 
more regularly. 

Notwithstanding the efforts made, it was very difficult to effect much 
good, owing to the leaven of opposition to good vvoiks. Many of the 
Churciies in the Sou.thern part of the Association declined representing 
for a while, owing entirely to the interest taken by a majority of the 
Churches in the "Institutions of the day." A committee of P/iinisters were 
8ei\t to visit them, but it only calmed them for a while. It may be remarked, 
that such Churches were infiuerioed by an Anii-Missionary Minister, who 
W'jis permitted to continue with tiiem long. It is justly due to the memory 
of Eider Solomon Reaves, tiiat he was a devoted servant of Christ tor a- 
bout thirty years, and that his opj;osition to Missions was manifested in 
declining lite. Bu; these Churches, notwithstanding the loss of their Min- 
ister, are stiii disaiiected, and have been the grand cause of the embar- 
rassments of the Association and her Bcjard of Domestic Missions. 

The Association annually prepared a Circular until 1833, since which 
time Reports on various subjects have been substituted. The course of 
the Abolitionist Baptists at the North has been viewed as unfavorable to 
the interests of the Denomination in general, and unscriptural in the 
whole; and that they deserve the unquaiitied disapprobation of this body, 
both of their principles and movements. 



DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

Domestic Missions has been the subject for consideration more than fifty 
years, and is yet a v\eakiing. Eftijvt afier eftbrt has been made, and but 
little has been done. The Associatioii in 1828 laid it before the Church- 
es, praying their help-— the prayer has been renewed annuall}'. As the 
Association increased in number of Churches, so in strength, until in 1836^ 
when Elder W. Ayrcs was emplo3-ed to preach tliroughout her bounds^ 
his labors were blessed. He was continued for a second, and even a 
third year, in the field,— -such were the prospects for doing good that it 
was thought advisable to enter into a more eificient SA'stem of Missions; 
Whereupon, Elders T. Mason, J as. McDaniei, and Brother Jas. S. Mims, 
drafted the following Constitution, which v^as unanimously adopted: — 

CONSTITUTION OF THE DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

The ministers and members of the Cape Fear Association, at their ses- 
sions of the year 1838, held at Bear Swamp church, seeing the blessed 
efiects of their itinerant missionary operations, although as yet in their 
infancy, and without a regular system to sustain or suppoil them, feel 



• 
deeply their obligations to adopt a more regular and efficient system; to 
which end resolved to tbrm a Misssionary Board, to be known and called 
the "Domestic Missionary Board of the Cape Fear Association," whose 
object shall be more efficiently to sustain the Itinerant Missionaries within 
the bounds of this Association; thereby to supply the destitute churches 
with the regular preaching of the gospel, and to rescue sinners from the 
dominion of Satan, and bring them to the knowledge of the truth as it is in 
Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Art. 1. Any church, benevolent society or individual contributing to 
the funds of the Board, at one time, five dollars, shall be entitled to one 
Representative in the Board for one year, and may continue to represent 
themselves in it, from year to year, as long as they pay this sum. If they 
contribute ten dollars, they are entitled to two members, and so on — one 
member for every five dollars paid — it being understood that the Repre- 
sentatives in the Board must be members in good standing in the Baptist 
church. The sum of thirty dollars paid at one time, shall constitute a life 
member. 

Art. 2. This Board shall hold its annual meetings at the time and 
place of the Cape Fear Association — at which time it shall choose a 
Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall continue in office one 
year and until others are appointed to fill their places. 

Art. 3. No person shall be received by the Board as a Missionary but 
such as are united to a church of our faith and order, and about whose 
evangelical principles, piety, and qualifications, to be useful as a Minister 
of the Gospel, they are well satisfied. 

Art. 4. It shall be obligatory on the Chairman and Secretary to per- 
form the duties devolving on officers of the same grade in other well re- 
gulated deliberative assemblies. They should attend all the meetings of 
the Board; but in case of absence or inability, the Board may supply their 
places for the time being. In cases of emergency, the Chairman, with 
concurrence of the Secretary and Treasurer, may call a meeting of the 
Board. Five members of the Board shall form a quorum at any of its 
meetings. 

Art. 5. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and have in 
safe keeping, the funds of the Board committed to his care, and keep a 
fair account of all his transactions, subject to the inspection of the Board 
at all times. He shall pay out no money, except at the order of the 
Chairman; and when required, shall give bond and approved security for 
the amount of money in his hands. The Chairman shall only draw on 
him at the order of tlie Board: and in case of an emergency, the Chair- 
man, with the concurrence of the Secretary and Treasurer, may call a 
meeting. 

Art. 6. Any alterations or amendments which experience may dictate, 
may be made in these Rules, provided it is done at an annual meeting of 
the Board, and with the consent of two-thirds of the members present. 

The Association was immediately laid out in two circuits, the North 
and the South, and Itinerants employed for each. Eld. A. B. Stephens 
for the North, and Eld. A. King for the South. 1840, Eld. D. Hays in 
the North; Eld. A. King, Soytli. 1841, the same, and Eld. W. Ayers to 

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26 

travel through both, to suit his convenience. Unhappily, the Ministry 
was not sustained by many of the Churches, which was a source of deep 
regret. Alas! the Ministry for 1842 was suspended. This was not owing 
to the want of zeal in the Ministry employed, but from the anxiety of 
warm-hearted brethren who depended upon the liberality of the Churches 
generally. Some of the Churches were well able to sustain double the 
amount, whilst others were able to do but little, yet none were so indi- 
gent as not to be able to sustain one Minister. Oh covetousness! ! Du- 
ring the last year Elder Jno. F. McCall itinerated the Association, and 
the prospect at present is improving. 



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27 



A TABULAR VIEW 

of Sessions and Officers of Cape Fear Association. 



Years 


Churches. 


Moderators. 


Clerks. 


Assistant Clerks. 


1826 


Saddle Tree, 


Job Goodman. 


A. Morris. 


J. Rhafield. 


1827 


Ash pole, 


Ditto. 


Jas. McDaniel. 


David Thames. 


1828 


Porter Swamp, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1829 


Saw Mill, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Robert Melvin. 


1830 


Saddle Tree, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


David Thames. 


1831 


Aslipole, 


Ditto. 


Luke R. Simmons. 


S. Sontcr. 


1832 


Cross Road, 


Solomon Reaves. 


Ditto. 


Wni. Kemp. 


1833 


Bear Swamp, 


Charles McAllister. 


Jas. McDaniel. 


J. Ford. 


1834 


Cape Fear, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Robert Melvin. 


1835 


Ebenezer, 


Samuel Mims. 


Ditto. 


Jas. S. Mims. 


1836 


Fair BlufF, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1837 


Ashpole, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1838 


Bear Swamp, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1839 


Pleasant Grove, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


John Smith. 


1840 


Cross Roads, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Haynes Lennon. 


1841 


Seven Creeks, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1843 


Beaver Dam, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1843 


Macedonia, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


1844 


Ashpole, 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 


Ditto. 



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A TABU1.AR 



CHUIICHES 

AND 

COUNTIES. 

Robeson County. 
Ash[)ole, 



Big Branch, 
Saddle Tree, 

Providence, 
Antioch, 

Pleasant Grove, 

Ebenezer, 

Mount Eliam, 

Mount Pisgah, 

Bladen County. 
Beaver Dam, 

Hickory Grove, 

Shiloh, 

Mount Pleasant, 

Walker's Bluff, 
Columbus County. 
, Cross Koads, 

Seven Creeks, 
Mount Zion, 



Beaver Dam, 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill X Roads, 
WhitcviUo, 
Mount Tabor, 

Macedonia, 



TIME OF 
CONSTI- 
TUTION. 



PRESBYTEPvS 



PASTORS. 



DEACONS. 



1788 to 1793, 



Ishani Pitman. 



1828 or 1829. 



At present, A. 
Ininan &. Joseph 



1. laliam Pitman 

2. John Pitman 

3. D. Hays. 4. VV 
Ayres, .5. H. Len-|Thompson. 

non , (i. W. Ayrei 

Jdb Goodman iSilJob Goodman. 
John Pitman 

Jacob Tarvcr. 



Previous 1788.|Tho.s. Brown and 
■Benj. Mosely. 



1835. 



1817 or 1818. 
1842. 



1831. 

1832." 

1834.' 

1839. 



1803. 
1834. 



1839. 
1833. 



1816. 
Prior to 1800. 



David Thames, 
John Munroe. 



John Munroe. 
Elijah Reville. 



Was re-orpranized 

by H. Lennon 

J. Goodman andJ. Rogers. 

VVm. B. Allen. 



James Lewis. 



Elias Carlisle. 
Jordan H. Cobb. 



Geo. Warwick & 
M. Meares. 
John Townscnd. 



Jas. McDaniel & Jas. McDaniel. 

G. RoUings. 

Dennis Lennon, 

D. Hays. 

H. Woodward, J. 

F. McCaii. 



D. Lennon. 
H. Woodward. 



Wm. Cooper. 



Wm. Tliames & 

\Vm. Cooper. 

D. Lennon andjE. Davis. 

Elias Duvis. 



J. McDaniel and 
J. C. GregiT. 



Wm. Cooper and 
VVm. Hawthorn. 



Wm. Hawthorn. 



A. To was end <f- 
M. Barfield. 
Isham Stone. 



Jacob Thompson 



Joseph Wood. 



I Present, E Davis!J. M. Lennon &. 
I J. E. Lennon. 



180.3. 
1837. 



'Job Goodman. 

T. G. Rogers, W.!d. Lennon. 

Nohm, VV. Ayres! 

and D. Lennon. 
Prior to 1820 
1828. ■ 
1834. 
1831. 

1834. D. Lennon. 

1838. IVV". Ayres and J. 

\f. McCail. 

1839 



Dennis Lennon. 



John Summerset. 



John F. McCall. 
H. Woodward. 



James Baldwin. 



Joel Hill. 



Benj. Hanelson. 



{:;eo. Parker & E. 
H. Parker. 



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S I IV O P S I s . 



CLERKS. 


MINISTERS' NAMES and 
riMK OF ORDINATION. 


TIME OF RE- 
CEPTION i\ 

THK ASSOCI- 

ATION. 


PARTICULARS. 


H. Lennon, 1839. 
A. B. Stephens, 1841. 
G. Hill, 1843. 

John Herring. 


1823. 
1825. 
1839. 

1841. 
1842. 


Bennett Allen. 
John Pitman. 
A. B. Stephens. 
Furney Prevatt. 
Haynes Lennon. 


Was first a 
member ol Ke- 
hukee, then of 
Nense. 

1829. 


40 members were 
di.smiss'd from Sad- 
die Tree to form this 
previous to 1793. 

1833, a Revival. 


Ellas Carlisle. 
J. H. Cobb. 


1798. 
1814 to '16. 


Wm. Hawtliorn. 
Elijah Rcville. 


1805. 

1805. 
1842. 


Was ;i member of 
Kehukee Ass. 1789. 


Benj. Freeman. 






1818. 




Wm. Townsend. 






1831. 




Benjamin Lee. 


1838. 


Hcz. Woodward. 


1832. 




Benj. Ivey. 


1843. 


Isliam Stone. 


1834. 




John INIoore. 






1840. 


Revivals, 1841 and 
1843. 


J. B. Singlctcrry. 

■ 




; 


1834. 

1839. 
1833. 

1816. 


1841, Baptised 100. 
No history given. 
No. constituted, 45. 




1827 to '31. 
1832. 


Dennis Lennon. 
Elias Davis. 


1805. 


Formerly Big 

Swamp. 


J. Creech. 


1803. 


Job Goodman. 


180.'). 
1837. 




Jas. Beach. 
Jas. Harrelson. 


1839. 


Joel Hill. 


Before 1820. 
1828. 
1836. 
1831. 
1834. 
1838. 


No Church Book. 

No. constituted, 40. 
Divided in 1842. 


N. L. Williamson. 






1839. 





2S 



A T A B II I^ A R 



CHURCHES 

ANO 

COUNTIES. 


TIME OF 
CONSTI- 
TUTE x\. 


PRESBYTERS 


PASTORS. 


DEACONS. 


Robeson County. 
Ashpole, 


1788 to 1793. 


I.'^ham Pitman. 


1. Isliam Pitman. 




2. John Pitman. 
'! D.Havs. 4. W. 


At present, A. 
Inman &. Joseph 
Thompson. 














Ayres, .5. H. Len- 








Big Brancli, 


1828 or 1829. 


Job Goodman tlL 
John Pitman. 
Thos. j^rowu and 
Benj. Mosrly. 


Job Goodman. 


James Lewis. 


Saddle Tree, 


Previous 1788. 


Jacob Tarvcr. 













Elias Carlisle. 


Providence, 


1835. 


David Thames, 
John Munroe. 


John Munroe. 


Jordan H. Cobb. 


Antioch. 


1817 or 1818. 
1842. 


Elijah Reville. 






Was re-orpranized 
by H. Lenuon. 
J. Goodman and 
\Vm. R. Allen. 
,Ias. McUaniel & 
G. Rr)llinirs. 
Dennis Lennon, 
D. Hays. 
H. ^Voodward, J. 
F. McCall. 

Wm. Thames & 
\Vm. Cooper. 
D. Lennon and 
Elias Davis. 


Geo. Warwick &. 






M. Meares. 


Pleasant Grove, 


1831. 


J. Rooers. 


John Townsend. 


Ebenezer, 


1832. 


Jas. McDaniel. 


A. TawnseHfl ^ 
M. Barfield. 


3Iount Eliam, 


1834. 


D. Lennon. 


Isham Stone. 


Mount Pisgah, 


1839. 


H. Woodward. 


Jacob Thompson 


Blndfin County. 


1803. 




Wm. Cooper. 








Hickory Grove, 


1834. 


E. Davis. 


Joseph Wood. 


Shiloh. 


1839. 
1833. 








J. McDaniel and 
J. G. Greg-g. 












Walker's Bluff, 
Columbus County. 


1816. 
Prior to 1800. 






\Vm. Cooper and 
Wm. Hawthorn. 


Wm. Hawtliorn. 










Present, E Davis 


J. IV[. Lennon &. 


/ 






J. E. Lenuon. 




181X3. 
1837. 




.Tob Goodman. 




Mount Zion, 


T. G. Rogers, ^^^ 
Nolen, W. Ayres 
and D. Lennon. 


D. Lennon. 


James Baldwin. 










Tioa.vf*r T)am. 


Prior to 1820. 
1828. 
1834. 
1831. 
1834. 
1838. 








Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Iron Hill X Roads. 








! Dennis Lennon. 


John Summerset. 


Joel Hill. 


Whitcvillo. 


D. Lennon. 

W. Avrcs and J. 

F. McCall. 






Mount Tabor, 


John F. McCall. 


Benj. Harrelson. 


Macedonia, 


1839. 


H. Woodward. 


Geo. Parker & E. 






H. Piirker. 



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s Y rv o p s I s . 



CLERKS. 


MINISTERS' NAMES and 
riMK OF ORDINATION. 


TLMEofRE- 
CEPnON IN 
TUE ASSOCI- 
ATION. 


PARTICULARS. 


H. Lennon, 1839. 
A. B. Stephens, 1841. 
G. Hill, 1843. 

John Herring. 


1823. 
1825. 
1839. 
1841. 

1842. 


Bennett Allen. 
John Pitman. 
A. B. Stephen.s. 
Furuey Prevail. 
Haynes Leunon. 


Wa« first a 
member of Ke- 
hukce, then of 
Neuse. 

1829. 


40 members were 
dismiss'd from Sad- 
dle Tree to form this 
previous to 1793. 

1833, a Revival. 


Ellas Carlisle. 
J. H. Cobb. 


1798. 
1814 to '16. 


Wm. Hawthorn. 
Elijah Reville. 


180.J. 

180.5. 
1842. 


Was a member of 
KehukeeAss. 1789. 


Benj. Freeman. 






1818. 




Wm. Towiisend. 






1831. 




Benjamin Lee. 


1838. 


Hcz. Woodward. 


1832. 




Benj. Ivey. 


1843. 


Isham Stone. 


1834. 




John ]\Ioore. 






1840. 


Revivals, 1841 and 
1843. 


J. B. Singleterry. 




/ 


1834. 

1839. 
1833. 

1816. 


1841, Baptised 100. 
No history g^iven. 
No. conBtituted, 45. 




1827 to '31. 
1832. 


Dennis Lennon. 
Elias Davis. 


1805. 


Formerly Big 
Swump. 


J. Creech. 


1803. 


Job Goodman. 


180.5. 
1837. 




Jas. Beach. 
Jas. Harrelson. 


1839. 


Joel Hill. 


Before 1820. 

1828. 
1836. 
1831. 
1834. 

1838. 


No Church Book. 

No. constifuled, 40. 
Divided iu lb42. 


N. L. Williamson. 






18.39. 





M) 



Mount Moriah, 

White Marsh, 
Western Prong', 

Brunswick County.. 
Mill Creek, 
New Britaia, 
Shaloate, 

Beulah, 

Livingston, 
Ciieerful Hope, 

Mount Pisgah, 

Bethel, 

Lockwood's Folly, 
Cumbeiiand County 
(Gape Fear, 



Fayetteville, 

Union, 
Concord, 

Marion D!st., S. C. 
Bear Swamp, 



Saw Mill, 

Horry DisL, S. C. 

Koncy Camp, 



Good Hope, 
Spring Branch, 

Salem, 

Buck Creek, . 

Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 

Mount Zion, 



1841. 


A. King, J. Ben- 
nett, J. Hill. 

Wm. Ayres and 
11. Lennon. 


Joel Bennett. 


Henry Mitchell 


1801. 

1843. 



Prior to 1820. 

1804. 
1837. 

1837. 

1765. 
1839- 


E. Bryan. 
H. Lennon. 




John Ellis. 


Abs. Robbins. 
A. Baker. 
A. Robbins. 




Abram Baker. 
John Woodvyard 
and A. King. 
Wm. Ayres and 
A. King. 
Ezekiel Hunter. 
Jas. L. Warren 
& A. C. Rcpiton. 
VV^m. Ayres and 
A. King. 
Tlios. Mason and 
A. King. 




Willis D. Sellars. 


Abel King. 


Willis D. ScUars. 


E. Hunter. 




Jas. Ellis and E. 




Smith. 


1.838. 
' " ' 1839. 


A. King. 


A. Clemmons & 
J. HoJden. 


A. King. 






Prior to 1765. 
Prior to 1794. 


E. Hunter. 

1. W^n?. Thames, 

2. J. A. Ranald- 
son, 3. D Thames 
4.Jas. McDaniel, 
5. D. Thames, 6. 
J. C. Averitt. 

J. McDaniel. 




























1837. 

"' 1836. ' 

1842. 

1831. 

Prior to 1810. 
1807. 


D. S. Williams & 
J. McDanicl. 

H. Woodward & 
W.HoUingsworth 

S. Senter, J. M. 
Thomas, Jesse 
Rogers & J. All- 
wood. 


S. Minis, A. Jes- 
sup & J. Jessup. 




H. Woodward. 


W. Nunnery. 




D Townsend &. 




M. Watson. 















S. Reaves and J. 
Goodman. 


S. Reaves. 


Josiah Hanelson. 








1829. 
1830. 

'l836. 

1835. 
1835. 




iJohn Lee. 
J. Rogers. 




J. M. Thomas & 
J. Rogers. 


Ab'm Journigan. 








John Lee. 
D. McKay. 




D. McKay and J. 
Singleton. 
S. Reaves and J. 
lEthrldge. 
J. Woodward. J. 
Bennett and S. 
Dusenberry. 


Wm. Edge. 


1830. 




John G Oore. 


1 




1843. 


iJ. Woodward. 
















31 



D. Formyduval. 
R. Wooten. 


1801. 


Ezekiel Bryan. 


1841. 

1810 to 1815. 
1843. 


Br'ch of Livings ton.- 


W. T. Ellsworth. 


1841. 


Arthur Robbing, 
loel Bennett. 


1816 to 1820. 

1816 to 1820. 

1837. 


Re-organized 1826, 


Wm. Chalker. 






1838. 




J. B. Ellis. 






1805. 
1839. 


Extinct in 1816. 


M. Hewett. 






1839. . 




R. M. McRdckan. 






1840. 
1805. 


Recovenantcd 1797 




Prior to 
1812. 
1815. 
1828. 
1843. 


J. A. Ranaldson 
& Jesse Tiiomas. 
David Thames. 
Jas. McDaniel. 
Jas. C. Averitt. 


1805. • 




R. McDaniel. 


1842. 


.las. S. Mims. 


1838.' 




-M. Autry. 0i^---i<r<-,- 


i 

1835. 
1843. 


Wm. Ayres. 
S. Dusenberry. 


1836. 

1842. 


Extinct in 1838. 


M. Harrelson. 




P. Griffin. 


1822. 


^ 


- 

W. Journigan. 


1838. 


J. F. McCall. 

• 


1829. 
1830. 




D. M. Edge. 




1 


1836. 
1835. 
1835. 


Dismissed, 1842. 


Thomas Todd. 






1831. 




Wm. L. Dubois. 






1843. 





Iflf 



Would the Churches be pleased with a more lengthy detail of each? 
Would the Church have a biographical sketch of their departed Ministers? 
If so, give the materials complete to the next Association. 



' ^^f^'^"^*-/^' y^ J 



\ 



J 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



CAPB mm B1PTI8T A88oeimo^' 






AT 



^WAffiff Hllf 2H© H@Wilf 



JVARIOX DISTRICT, SOUTH CAROLINA, 



.OXTOBEl U, 4th, §th and 6th, 



US^g, 



"FAYETTEVFLLE " 



TRIXTED BY EDWARD X .H-U.E. 



1845, 



2 1 W "ff 1 



FRIDAY, October 3, 1S45. 

The Introductory was delivered by Elder Furney Prevatt, from 2.d 
Peter, oth ciiapter, 5th verse: "Be clothed with humility." 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association was called 
to order by the Moderator of last session, S. Mims. Prayer bv Bro. H. 
Lennon. 

Bro. R. McDaniel was appointed Clerk, pro lem., and H. Lenucr., 
Assistant Clerk. 

The Committee of Finance was announced, consisting of X. L. Wil- 
liamson, Wm. Matthews, and Wm. Young. 

Called for the Church Letters. Enrolled the names of the Dele- 
gates, and entered the Statistics. 

Received two newly constituted Churches, viz: Union, Bnin.siHck 
County, N. C. — Presbyler, Elder W. Ayres; and Cedar Crfek, Citpx- 
herland County, N. C. — Presbyteis, Elders J. C. Averiit and HczcMah 
Woodward. 

Elected the following Officers for the ensuing year: Samuel Mims, 
Moderator; Hayjies Lennon, Clerk and Treasurer; and Randal Mc- 
Daniel, Assistant Clerk. 

An invitation was then extended to Corresponding and Visiting Breti;-' 
ren; whereupon, Bro. John D. Coleman, a Correspondent from (he 
Welsh Neck Association, came forward and took a seat. Elder Rob- 
ert McNabl>, Agent for Wake Forest College, from Union Association, 
also accepted a seat. 

Appointed the. following Committees: On selecting Preachers for the 
Stage during the Session — W. Ayres, N. L. Williamson, W. ^latthewa, 
and the Deacons of the Church at this place. On Arrangements — S. 
]\Iims, H. Lennon, and R. McDaniel. On Special Changes — R. Mc- 
Daniel, .Tohn M. Beasley, and Jacob Thompson. On preparing a Di- 
gest t)f the State of Religion in the Association, from tlie Church Let- 
ters — H. Lennon, John M. Beasley. On preventing the sale of Ardent 
Spirits, or any other article, at or near the Association Ground during 
the Session — N. Bullock, T. P. Watson, M. Watson, Joel Grainger, 
and E. B. Ford. On Letters and Minutes of Corresponding Associa- 
tions — M. Autry, John G. Sutton, and S. T. Stanaland. On the selec- 
tion of Corresponding Messengers — A. McMillan, John Ellis, and W. 
B. Bullard. On Wake Forest College— Robert McNabb, John D. 
Coleman, and John F. McCall. On the Baptist State Convention — 
John D. Coleman, R. McNabb, W. Avers, John M. Beasley, and C. 
Reaves. On the importance of the diffusion of religious Books — R, 
?iIcDaniel, S. Mims, and Juhn Moore. On the examination of aspiraius 



for Ordination — W. Avers, A, King, H. Lonnon, F. Picvatt, R. Mc- 
Nubb, John D. Coleman, and J. F. McCall. On Ministerial Location 
— S. T. Stanaland, W. Ayers, and I. Stone. On the propriety of pre- 
paring a Biographical Sketch of the departed Ministry of this Associa- 
tion — John F. McCail, E. Carlisle, and G. Cobb. On the condition ot' 
the Churches as stated in their Letters — G. W. Lennon, N. L. Wil- 
liamson, and J. O. Hale. 

Agreed that all aspirants for Ordination, sent np to this Session, be 
requested to come before the Committee on to-morrow, 3 o'clock P. M. 

Agreed that any four lUinisters on the Committee of examination ot' 
aspirants, be considered a quorum, to examine any aspirant for the en- 
duing year. 

Agreed to alter the time of the session of lliis Association to the Fri- 
day befoie the 4th Snnday in October, 

Agreed that the next Session of this Association be at Porter Swamp, 
Columbus County, N. C, on Friday before the 4th Sunday in October 
1846. A. King to preach the Introductory Sermon, — John F. McCail 
Ms Alternate. Services to commence at half past 10 o'clock A. M. 

Appointed H. Lennon to preach t!ie Charity Sermon at 12 o'clock 
on Sabbath, at next Session of this Association. 

Agreed to have 1300 copies of the=:e Minutes printed and distributed 
as heretofore. 

Agreed /hat the Clerk have 815 for his services. 

Adjourned to Satuniay morning, 9 o'clock. 

Prayer by A. Kijig. 



SATURDAY :vIORXIXG. 

?«rct pu.rsuant to adjournment. 

Prnyer by S. Busenbcrry. 

Called for the Report on the condition of the Churches. Report re- 
ceived, and retcrred to Brethren H. Lennon, J. F. McCall, W. Avers, 
A. King, and J. Stone, for their consideration, and to give such advice 
as i]i tiieir judgment will ameliorate tlieir present condition. 

An invitatio)! was given by the ?v{oderator to Visiting Brethren, 
upon which Brethren G. Reaves, C. Reaves, and "VV. D. Martin, from 
the Welsh Neck A?s<;ciation, and James C. Davis, from the Pee Deo 
Association, came fin\Aard and accepted seats. 

Agreed that an opportunitv innv 1)0 given to Bro. McNabb to lay be- 
iiire this body the object of his Agencv: whereupon, Bro. McNa1)b ad- 
dressed the Association upon the present embanassments of the Wake 
Forest College, and solicited aid from all present. 

Called ftr and received a verbal statement from the Committee sent 
during the last year to resuscitate those Cliurches opposed to the move- 
jnents of this biidy. 

Suspended the business of the Association for the necessary tiine for 
a sessiiiu of the Board of Itineracy. 

Resumed the business of the Association. 



Whereas, the neatness with which our Minutes have flir a number 
of years been edited, demands for tlie Editor the tribute of our fraternal 
regard: 

Therefore Resolved, That we, the members composinjT the body of 
the Cape Fear Baptist Association, do cherish Avhh the fuidest recol- 
lection the past services of our beloved brother, James McDaniel. 
And while we have cause to lament the loss <jf one so dear to us, we 
are much encouraged to hope and believe, that he may, by the hand of 
Divine Providence, return sgain. 

Resolved, furthermore, That \Ae fon^^ard to him six copies of these 
]\[inutes. 

Ordered, that all moneys sent up to the Association fijr the Baptist 
State Convention, l>e paid to the Committee of Finance. 

CommiUee on ihe selection of Corresponding Messengers reported; 
Elder F. Prevatt and John Moore, to the Pee Dee Association; Elder 
tS. Dusenberry, N. Martin, and J. O. Hale, to the Welsh Neck Asso- 
ciation. 

Whereas, Ave desire a correspondence with tiie Uiii<.>n Association: 

Therefore Resolved, That we manifest ou)- love and regard for th.at 
Association liy sendins; Brethren A. Kins; and S. T, Stanaland us our 
Messengers. 

On motion, suspended business a few moments for the meeting of the 
Bible Society. After which 

The Association adjourned to Monday, 9 o'clock A. M. 

Praver bv W. B. Bullard. 



SABBATH. 

The morning Avas ratlier unpleasant, yet a large congregation v/as 
in attendance. A. King opened the services by singing and prayer. 
R. McXahb then preached, from John, xvii, 3: "And this life is eter- 
nal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ 
Avhom Thou hast se.ut." W. Ayers immediately f illcvred, with a dis- 
course founded on Rom., x, 15: "And how shall they preach, excei)t 
they be sent." Aii;er which a collection v.as taken up and a short in- 
termission given. 

H. LeiuKjn followed, and preached from Ps., Ixviii, 1,- 2 and 3: "L<"t 
tb'id arise, let his enemies be scattei'ed: let them also that hate him fh'o 
beiitre liini. As smoke is driven away, so drive them avvay: as A\ax 
melteth betbre the lire, so let the a\ icked perish in the presence (u" (Tod. 
But h^t the riirhteous be fflad: letllieui rejoice before (bid: vea, h^t theuj 
exceedingiy rejoice." The services A\ere solemn and weighty, and it 
is to be hoped that much good will result. 



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MONDAY MORNING. 

Mot pursuant to adjournment. 

Prayer by S. T. Stanalaiid, 

Invited Bro. W. Phillips, from the Welsli Neck Association, and D. 
flays, from tlie Pee Dee Association, to seats with us. 

Called for and read the Report on Special Changes. Report order- 
ed to be appended to the Minutes, 

Committee on Corresponding Associations reported. Report receiv- 
ed, and ordered to be appended to the Minutes. 

Committee on Wake Forest reported. Report accepted, and order, 
ed to be a])pended to these Minutes. 

Committee on the condition of the Ciiurchcs reported. Report ac- 
cepted, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Committee on the importance of the difiusion of religious Books, re- 
ported. Report accepted, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Committee on the propriety of preparing a Biogr^iphical Sketch of 
the departed Ministry of this Association, reported, — was accepttxi, and 
ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Agreed that the Committee on the Digest of Church Letters be al- 
lowed to prepare the same at their leisure. 

Resolved, That this Association .adopt it as a uniform rule, annually 
to have a Digest of Church Letters prepared, and appended to the Min- 
utes. 

Resolved, unatnmously, That we, the Cape Fear Baptist Association, 
do higlily ap|)rove the oi-ganization of the Southern Baptist Convention, 

Committee of Baptist State Convention reported. Report received, 
and ordered to l)e appended to these Minutes. 

Cijmmittee on Ministerial Location reported. Report received, and 
referred to the Clerk fur such dis|)osition as he may deem most suitable. 

Committee of Finance reported. Report received, and oixiered to be 
appended to those Minutes. 

Ministerial Committee on the examination of aspirants for Ordina- 
tion, reported. Report received, and ordered to be appended to these 
^lirnites. 

Ordered, that the Chairman of tlie Financial Committee pay into the 
Jiaiids of the Clerk and Treasurer the amount of money by him reported. 

Ordoi'ed, that the Treasurer defray the entire expenses connected 
with the preparation of these Miimtes, and the editing of the History of 
this Association for the Churches: also advance $'S 62 3-4 to tho Dele- 
gates appointed to the Ba])tist State Convention, and pay the residue of 
the Association Fund to the Treasurer of Domestic I\Iission Board for 
Cape Fear Association. 

Delegated to the Baptist State Convention Brethren H, Lennon and 
John C Powell. 

Resolved, Tliat this Association observe the Friday before the first 
Sunday in March next as a day of J'asting and Prayer for a revival of 
jfeligion in the Association. 



Agreed, that the Clerk correct the Minutes and Reports of this As- 
sociation. 

Voted, that the thanks of this Association be presented to the inhab- 
itants of this vicinity, for the hospitable entertainment furnished during 
the Session. 

Adjourned. Valedictory remarks, hymn, and prayer, by H. Lennon. 

S. MIMS, Moderator. 

HAYNES LENNON, Clerk. 



AIFIFI1S5'IS)IISS© 



REPORT of Financial Committee. 

Remaining in Treasury last year, - - $3 10 

Received from the Churches this year, - - 67 77 

Collection on Sabbath for Missions, - - 18 15 

Sent up for the use of the Baptist State Convention: 
For Home Missions, - - - $3 56 

Foreign Missions, - - - 2 81 



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Respectfully submitted, 

N. L. WILLIAMSON, Chairman. 

REPORT on Minutes of Corresponding Associations, 

We have only seen and examined the Minutes of Welsh Neck Asso- 
ciation, and feel happy in saying that the Churches of this Association 
are active and benevolent. They have two Itinerants in the field. Ma- 
ny of the Churches complain of coldness in Religion. 
AU of which is respectfully submitted. 

M. AUTRY, Chairman. 

REPORT on Special Changes. 

The Committee have the unspeakable pleasure to report, that so far 
as they are able to learn, no special changes (either with regard to 
Ministers or prominent members of past Associations,) have taken place 
during the last Associational year. 
Respectfully submitted. 

R. McDANIEL, Chairman. 



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10 

REPORT of Committee on the Importance of the Diffusion of Rcli' 

gioiis Books. 

Your Committee have learned, from the Report of hist year on the 
same subject, that the want of such Books was greatly felt; that want 
has much increased. Our Churchess cannot even procure Sabbath 
.School Libraries siiort of sending to Baltimore, unless they patronise 
the Depositories of other denominations. Your Committee of last year 
could recommend to your patronage a Deposit(»ry at Wilmington, N. C, 
under the superintendence of Rev. A. J. Battle. But alas! it has been 
broken up. 

Your Committee, in view of the above, are of opinion that a Deposi- 
tory, within the reach of all our Churches, is absolutely and indispen- 
sably necessary, and therefore would respectfully submit the following 
resolution: 

Jiesolved, Tiiat we, the Churches composing this Association, when 
irt want of any religious books, will patronise universally any Baptist 
who may foel disi)oscd to cstaljlish a Depository at Wilmington, N. C, 
or at any point convenient to the Churches. 
Respectfully submitted. 

R. McDANIEL, Chairman. 

REPORT of Committee on the Propriety of preparing a Biographical 
Sketch of the Departed Ministry. 

Your Committee are of opinion that such a work should be accom- 
plished, and that it should be connected with the History of this Asso- 
ciation: 

Therefore^ Resolved, That the Churches give the subject mature 
consideration during the present year. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN F. McCALL, Chairman. 

REPORT of Ministerial Committee on the Examination of Aspirants 

for Ordination. 

Your Committee have, in the fear of God and with an eye single to 
His glory and honor, examined Brethren Zadok Bullock, David J. Ray, 
Darius B. Avers, and George W. Lonnon, on their call to the Minis- 
try, and beg leave to make the tijllowing Report: 

1. We believe that Bro. BuUock feels it deeply impressed on his 
mind to exercise his gift, and we trust that his Church, and the brctli- 
len generally, will encourage him in his labors of love: We nevertjje- 
lefis doubt the expediency of ordaining him to the Ministry at present. 

We would very affectionately recommend him to persevere in striv- 
ing to obtain more infjrmation on doctrine, and the general principles 
of the Bible, &c. We cherish this hope, that he will at some future 
period be ripe for oixlination. 

2. Relative to Bro. Ray, we advise the same as ahove. 

;t. Wo recommejid that Brethren Lennon and Ayers be ordained to 
the work of the Ministrv. 



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A>id now, dear Brethren, permit us, from a feeling sense of our duty> 
to submit the tbregoing. 

WILLIAM AYEUS, Chairman, 

REPORT of Coinmilfcc on Examination of the Condition of Churches. 

Your Committee sire of opinion that much hikewarmness prevails 
^cncrallif througliout the Associntion: that a heavy responsibility rest* 
on the advocates of Zion: tliat the xMlnistry should make an extniordi- 
uary eilbrt to awake the Cliurclies to tiieir duties in gonei-al: that there 
should be more self-denial on tiie part of all: that every Church shouki 
have A regular and devoted Ministr}. But let these matters be well 
attended, and we have no doubt much good will result. 

COMMITTEE. 

REPORT of Committee on the N. Carolina Baptist State Convention. 

This Institution has three objects in view. 1. The employment of 
as many Missionaries to travel and preach through the State as their 
jneans will allow. '2. The Education of promising young men fur ihe 
Ministry. 3. The sending of the Gospel to tlie Heathen that arc per- 
ishing for htck of knowledge. The friends of Zion in our State, know- 
ing that "union is strength," and that concert of action is necessary to 
success ill any great and laudable undertaking, resolved a number of 
years ago to meet and organize the Baptist State Convention. For 
several years the Convention annually received liberal contriliutions 
for the support of the Home Mission Department. And therefore they 
kept several Missionaries in the held. Those who, under discouraging 
<;ircumstanees, met in Creenville when the C'onvention held its lirst 
meeting, love to contemplate the good that has been elli'cted through 
the instrumentality of the Missionaries thus sent <iut into the hedges 
and bye-ways. 'J'he Gospel was preached by them in several counties 
w here the people had seldom heard a Baptist .Minister. iMany Churcli- 
<'s were rai;ed up; weak and feeble ones were revived and stiengtlien- 
4'd; inimerous revivals, diu'iug the time, originated under their labors; 
and hundreds of souls were, through their instrumentality, brought to 
the knowledge of the truth. 

The Con\ention is as desirous now as they ever were to send Mis- 
sionaries out i ito the tield, and they have no doubt of a similar result — 
but alas! they have not been enabled to do so during the last several 
years, tor want of funds. Brethren, can we consent to have the eiier- 
gie« of the Convention thus crippled.' If we are unwilling it should, 
then let us for the future strive to influence the several Churches to 
which we belong to send up Riore Delegates and more liberal contri- 
liutions. 

We deem it simpl}- necessary to stat", that the Education Depart- 
ment stands equally as much in need of funds. At present the Educa- 
tion Board have under their care tour young men who are |)reparing 
tor the Ministry; and the Board being embarrassed, we see not how 
they can prosecute their studies, unless the Churches will lend their 



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aid. The s>"mpat}iy of our people seems to be more excited on behalf 
of the Heathen, and hence the Foreign Mission Department is more 
liherally supported than the Home Mission. It may, however, he said, 
that the former is also much in need of lluids. And we presume that 
none of us can feel inditlerent concerning the melancholy condition of 
those millions of Heathen who have never heard of Jesus. In conclu- 
sion, we offer the following resolution: 

Resolved, That we recommend to the consideration of the different 
Churches the necessity of doing something for one or all of the objects 
of the Baptist State Convention. 

COMMITTEE. 

REPORT on Wake Forest College. 

The Committee on the Wake Forest College give it as their opinion, 
that the friends of Education in general, in both the Carolinas, take a 
deep interest in the future prosperity of this Institution. It may be 
said, that though it has lieen in existence only a lew years, it has ef- 
ll'cted much good. To say nothing of the luunljer of young men that 
have left the Institution much better quaiitied to take charge of Schools 
than they were Ifefore they \\ent there, it should lie recollected that a 
goodly number of Brethren in the Ministry have cultivated their minds 
at the place, to an extent which renders their services acceptable to all 
communities. We trust that none will accuse us of saying, that a fin- 
ished education is a pre-requisite ibr usefulness in the Ministry. We 
rejoice to know, ou the contrary, that many have been emiiu^itly use- 
ful that liave not enjoyed such advantages. Though some of the tbrmer 
are cast in the shade (as far as usefulness is concerned,) by self-made 
men, it must nevertheless in our opinion (je conceded by all, that the 
services of educated Ministers arc frequently needed, to detect and ex- 
pose the sophistry employed by individuals disposed to give succeso to 
\arious errors, at the expense of tiie cause of truth and righteousness. 
Other denominations are making sacrihces to elevate similar institu- 
tions under their patronage. And shall it be said that the Baptists of 
North and South Carolina will refuse to profit by their example. Wo 
ajipeal to the Brethren within our bounds to lend their aid in this good 
work. This Association tor many years has done much for the promo- 
tion of all the benevolent institutions of the day. And shall it be said 
that they will uotv fail to do their part? Brethren, we hope better 
things, though we thus speak. In the opinion of your Committee, the 
Bajitists should at once relieve the College from deljt, because it has 
an eye to the improMMuent of the ^Ministry; because the Institution (un- 
less the effort is speedily made,) will in a tew years be sold to liquidate 
the del)t; and because it would evidently be a lasting reproach to our 
denomination to let the College sink. 

In conclusion, your Committee would beg leave to ofibr the following 
resolutions: 

1. Rcsolverl, That we recommend to the Brethren within our bomids 
to contribute for the relief of the College; and that our Ministers be spe- 
cially requested to present its claims on all suitable occasions. 



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2. R<?fWJvrd, Tliat tlie Bnptists in both tlic Carolinas sliould scud" 
their sons to the Wake Forest College in preference to sending them 
tdsewhere, — a:id thus patronise an Institution \\ hich they prott'ss to re- 
gard as bei.st^ essentially necessary in a great degree to the future pros- 
perity of our denomination. 

R. McNABB, Chairman. 

A DIGEST of the Slate of Religion as indicated by the Church Letters. 

Ash-pole. — This Church is now destitute of a Pastor. There is much 
peace and love. J)isci])line is ■well administered. 

Antioch. — Tlierc is a good state of thiuffs when compared with f)r- 
mer years. There is a manifest improvement in their character, il. 
Lejjn^n is their Suppl}-. 

Bearer Dam, Co'vmbus County. — This Church has no Pastor; — feel? 
grateful for the blessings uf union ar.d lo^•e. 

Beaver Dam, Bladen County. — W. Ayers is their Supply. In mat- 
ters of religion, rather statiojiary. 

Bear Swam]) — seems to be under no pastoral care. Communicates 
nothing in)portant. 

Beulah — has been under the care of J, B'^nnott: — is lookin.':! fjrward 
to a day when there will be more io\e and peace. 

BiiT Branch — communicates nothina; siieciul. F. Prevail is their 
Pastor. 

Brier Branch. — Accounts are less cheering than those of last year, 
yet there is a good state existing. The Brethren mutually unite in 
their Prayer Meetings. 

Bellicl — states nothing iiitcrcstiug, more than a continuation of peace 
and love. 

Bethlehem — enjoys the lal)ors of A. King as tiieir Hiipp^y. There is 
not a dissenting voice lo the Bejievolent Institutions nor tlie Itiucracy. 
They live in love. 

Bac/i Creek. — John Lee is their Pastor. There has been a re\iv:il 
of some interest. 

Cedar Creek — speaks nothing of iniportance. J. ('. Averitt is their 
Pastoi'. 

Cross Roads — enjoys the lal)ors of E. Davis. There is some im- 
provement in discipline — ;ill in |;eace. 

Cheerful Hope.- -There is uninterrupted harmony and love in this 
Church. Js veiy anxious f ;r the Itiiiciiicy to I)e c(>Htinued. No Pastor. 

Cape Fear. — Religion is rather stationary. \\'ii]ioiit a Pastor. 

Concord. — Riith.er cold. 

Bbenezer. — F. Prevatt is their Supply. Nothing very clieei Ing. 

Fayeiieville — has experienced many things of an unpleasant nature, 
biit is now restored to unity of mind. 

Honey Camp. — 'i'his Chiu'ch si>eaks of much love. Commends Bro. 
7j. Bullock to the As-^ocintion fir Ordination. 

Tlhckm-y Grovr.. — E. Davis is their Pastor. Pleasant state of things. 

Jj-on Hill K-J Roads. — John Lee is their Past(jr. A genei-al peace. 

Mount Plsgah, Robeson Vjunly., — counnujiicates nothing special. 



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Mill Crech, — No Pastor. Solicits the continuation of the Itineracy. 

Mount Eliam. — ''All in peace among ourselves witli a tew excep- 
tions." Isliani Stone is their Pastor. 

Mount Tubor — enjoys the blessing of love. 

Macedonia. — Condition not stated. 

Mount Pisgah, Brunswick County. — There are some difficulties here 
which they hope soon to overcome. 

Mount Zion, N. C. — No Pastor. Condition of the Church is im- 
proved. 

Mount Zion, S. C. — John Woodward is their Pastor. Religion is 
j>rogressing. Sound in the cause of Missions. 

Plcdsant Grove — abounds with peace and union. 

ProL-idence. — This Church complains of coldness. 

Porter Swamp. — A gradual advance in religion and numbers, . 

Spring Branch — has enjoyed precious meetings. ])(;sires the Asso- 
ciation to examine Brethren D. B. A\ers and Z. Bullock on their Min- 
isterial call. 

Shi/oh — communicates nothing special. A Sabl>ath School. 

Saddle Tree. — Condition not expressed. (Sec Slalislic.s.) 

Shaloale, — In this Church there are difficulties existing. She has 
sustained the loss of Bro. Samuel Bennett, one of their Deacons. He 
was a worthy member. 

Scren C'rcck.s — is occasionally supplied by J. Lee. All in peace, and 
favorable to Missions. 

Sharon. — A. King is their Pastor. Some difficulties. Weekly 
Prayer Meetings. 

Inion. — This is a newly constituted body. Condition not stated. 
• While Lake. — W. Ayers is their Supply. They are strong in the 
faith. 

Western Prong. — H. Lemion is their Pastor. There is a revival. 

REPORT of Treasurer. 

Received from Committee of Finance, - - 895 89 

]^iid fi)r Printing ,Miimtes of 1645, 
Paid Clerk for his services, 
Paid If. Lennon fir editing History, 
]'aid De'egates to B. S. Convention, 
Paid Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board, 

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HAYXES LE\XON, Treasurer. 

DOMESTIC .HUSSION BOARD. 

Satikday, OfTonKR 4, 1845. 

The Bdanl was called into Session by H. Lemion, former Secretary. 

Elected, Absalom Powell, President; Haynes Lennon, Secretary and 
Treasurer. 

Appointed Dr. Jno. O. Hale, W. Young, and A. 3IcMiIlan, a Com- 
mittee of rinance. 



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The following Churches and Individuals came forward and paid the 
sums to their names annexed: 



Hriynos Lennon, 
Nathan L. Williamson, 
J no. C Averitt, 
Wm. B. Bullard, 
8amuel Dusenberry, 
David T. Averitt, 
Richard Wooten, 
Matthew Autry, 
Shiloh Church, 
Fayetteville Church, 
■Fa;*. T. Toler, 
Dr. J. O. Hale, 
Jacob Thompson, 
Zadok Bullock, 
Daniel Stanaland, 
.Joseph Stanaland, 
Furney Prevatt, 
Cross Roads Church, 



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Wm. FuUwood, 
AI)saIom Powell, 
George Warwick, 
Ebenezer Church, 
Moses Warwick, 
Giles Williams, 
Henry Bullock, Jr., 
John Mills, 
Jno. W. Gore, 
Stej)hen Pitman, 
R. M. Sessums, 
Jesse Elvington, 
Providence Church, 
T. H. Massey, 
Jno. Smith, 
Elias Carlile, 
Bethel Church, 



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Appointed W. Young, G. Parker, J. O. Hale, B. Williams, and G. 
Cobb, a Committee to obtain the services of an Itinerant for the en- 
^^uing year. 

Committee of Finance reported. Report accepted. 

Adjourned to Monday next. 

MoXDAY, 1 o'clock. 

Board came into Session. 

Report of Committee on the selection of an Itinerant called for, read, 
and received. 

Jno. F. McCall reported on his Itineracy and Agency. Report re- 
ceived and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. Unanimously a- 
greed, that this Board approve and confirm the course pursued by that 
portion of the Executive Committee advising a discontinuance of the 
Itineracy on Saturday, 22d of February last. 

Agreed, that Bro. Jno. F. McCall be paid for his services during 
March and April last. 

Agreed, that in the event that this Board should employ an Itinerant 
for the ensuing year, that he be required to ride 22 days in each month: 
And that he have $20 per month for his services. 

Appointed an Executive Committee, consisting of A. Powell, H. Len- 
non, and N. L. Williamson. 

Agreed, that all unfinished business of this Board be referred to the 
Executive Committee for completion. 

ABSALOM POWELL, President. 

H. LENNON, Secretary. 



16 

John F. McCalVs Report on his Itineracy. 
Dear Bhetiirem: Very soon at'tfr receiving the appointment as I- 
tineraiit tor the IJoard, I commenced the work, and travelled 100 days, 
preached 118 Sermons, Baptised 33 person,^, and closed my services on 
Ffb'y S'Jd, agreeable to the instructions of the Executive Committee. 

I travelled afterwards two months, to fdl appointments previously 
made in behalf of the Board. I collected in all $14 30, on this and 
lust year's subscriptions. All of which is respectfuUv submitted. 

JOHN F. McCALL. 

BIBLE SOCIETY. 

The Society was called to order by the President of last Session, H. 
Lennon. 

The Secretary of last Session being absent, R. McDaniel was ap- 
pointed for the time being. 

Appointed Dr. J. O. Hale, Wm. Matthews, and B. Williams, a Com- 
nuttee of Finance. 

The members came forward and paid their subscriptions, Avhose 
names the Treasurer retained. 

Elected H. Lennon President; Absalom Powell, 1st Vice President; 
John 31. Beasley, 2d Vice President; R. McDaniel, Secretary, and N. 
L. Williamson, Treasurer. 

Committee of Finance reported that they had received from individu- 
als $33 05. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer pay into the hands of Haynes Lennon 
the lull amount of funds on hand, to be sent up to. the State Bible Soci- 
ety, to be held at Raleigh during the next Baptist State Convention. 

Delegated to the State Bible Society, H. Lennon and Jno. G. Powell. 

Agreed, that the above Delegation be empowered to appoint a third 
Delegate, if required, 

HAYXES LENNON, President. 
ABSALOM POWELL, 1st V. P. 
JOHN M. BEASLEY, 2c/ V. P. 

RANDAL McDANIEL, Sec'v. 

NATHAN L. WILLIAMSON, TreasW. 

THE CONSTITUTION of the Bible Society in the Cape Fear Bap- 

liM Association. 

Akt. 1. This Society shall be denominated the Baptist Bible Socie- 
ty in t!ie Cape Fear Association. 

Art. 2. The object of this Society shall be, to aid in the translation 
and circulation of the Scriptures, iu the versions most conformed to the 
original. 

Art. 3. The members of this Society shall consist of annual contri- 
Ijutors to its funds. 

Art. 4. The Officers of this Society shall be a President, two Vice 
Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. 

Art. .5. This Society shall hold a meeting at each Session of this 
Association. 

Art. 6. This Society shall be auxiliary to the State Bible Society. 



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FRIDAY, OcTOEEK 23, 1846. 

The Iiitroductoiy Sermon was delivered by Elder Abel King, from 
itlatthew, V, 16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may 
see your good works, and glorify j'our Father which is in heaven." 

At the expiration of fifteen minutes, the Association was calleti to or- 
der by the Moderator of last Session, Samuel Mims. Divine direction 
was invoked by Elder John F. IMcCall. 

Elder Robert jMcNabb, and Bro. John Smith, v.-ere appointed As- 
sistant Clerks. 

Brethren X. L. Williamson, Wm. Yonng, A. F. Powell, and John 
Carlisle, were announced by the Moderator as the Committee of Fi- 
nance. 

Appointed Brethren, D. Coleman, R. Wooten, A. F. Powell, J. M. 
Beasley, and D. F. Williamson, a Committee to supply the Stage with 
jMinisters during the Session. 

Letters from the Churches were called for, the Delegates' names en- 
rolled, and Statistics entered. — l_See next J^age.^ 

Received one newly constituted Church, viz: Cherry Grove, Co- 
lumbus County, JV. C. — Presbyie?-, Elder Ilaynes Lennon. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of Officers for the en- 
suing year, which resulted as follows: John Smith, Moderator; Haynes 
Lennon, Clerk and Treasurer; and R. McNabb, Assistant Cleik. 

An invitation was then extended to Messengers and Visiting Brethren 
from other Associations: whereupon, Bro. C. Reaves, from the Welsh- 
Neck, with a package of Minutes, and Elder G. W. Wallace, from the 
Union Association, with a package of Minutes and a Letter of Corres- 
pondence, came forward, presented the same, and accepted seats. 

Appointed the following Committees; On Arrangements — H. Len- 
non, R. McNabb, and S. Mims. On Special Changes — W. Ayers, A. 
F. Powell, and J. Carlisle. On preparing a Digest of the State of Re- 
ligion in the Association, as indicated in the Church Letters — R. Mc- 
Nabb, A. King, and F. Lennon. On preventing the sale of Ardent 
Spirits, or any other article, at or near the Association Ground during 
the Session — A. F. Powell, D. Coleman, D. F. Williamson, and M. 
Warwick. On Ministerial Location — E. Davis, J., Bennett, and M. 
Autiey. On the examination of Aspirants for Ordination — Elders R. 
iMcNabb, W. Ayers, H. Lennovi, J. F. McCall, and A. King. On the 
examination of Letters and Minutes from Corresponding Associations 
— R. Wooten, S, Mims, and S. Dusenberry. On Selecting Messen- 
gers to Corresponding Associations — J. Thompson, E. Pitman, and 
John F. McCall. 

Agreed that the next Session of this Association l>e held at Cape Fear 
Church, Cumberland County, N. C, commencing on Friday preceding 



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ROBESON COUNTY. 

Ashpole, 
Aiitioch, 
Big Branch, 
Ebeiiezer, 
Mount Eliain, 
Mount Pisgah, 
Saddle Tree, 
Providence, 
Pleasant Grove, 

BLADEN COUNTY. 

Beaver Darn, 
Brier Branch, 
Hickory Grove, 
Shiloh, 
Wliite Lake, 

COLUMBUS COUNTY. 

Beaver Dam, 
Cherry Grove, 
Cross Roads, 
Iron Hill X Roads 
Macedonia, 
I\Iount Moriah, 
Mount 'J'abor, 
Mount Zion, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Porter Swamp, 
Seven Creeks, 
Western Prong, 
BRUNSWICK c'ty. 
Bethel, 
Beulah, 
Cheerful Hope, 
Mill Creek, 
Mount Pisgah, 
New Britain, 
Shaloate, 
Union, 

CUMBERLAND CO. 

Cape Fear. 
Cedar Creek, 
Concord, 
Fayetteville, 

MARION DIST., S. C. 

Bear Swamp, 
Saw Mill, 

HORRY DIST., S. C. 

Bethlehem, 
Buck Creek, 
Good Hope, 
Honey Camp, 
Mount Zion, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 
Spring Branch, 



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G. Warwick,* M. Meares, R. Mercer,* 

W. B. Billiard, M. Warwick, John Hill, 

A Wallers, J. F. Varnum, N. Pitman, 

!. Stone, E. Stone, J. A. Lawson.* 

J. Thompson, J. B. Thompson, J. Radcliffe,* 

F. Pkevatt,* J. A. Rozier, J. C'arlisle, 
Robert McNabb, 
Nonnan Martin. Wm. Pitman, 

Jas. Hall, R. Fisher, J. Cashwell, 
T. Tatom, D. Regi.ster,* J. Cain, 
jE. Davis, A. Edwards, E. Jolmson,* 
John Smith, John Monroe, Wm. Young, 

D. Bullard, D. Perry,* T. Ilynds,* 

J. Hinson,* W. J. Standley, AVm. Frink, 
W. Strickland, B. Buft'kin, J, H. EufFkai,' 

E. Singleterry, F. Lenncn, W. Lennon, 
J. W. Gore, W. S. Hickman,* J. Powell, 
J. Williamson, N. L. Williamson, G. Williams, 

[Total of 1843 extended.] 
B. Harrelson, J. Hinson, E. Pliipps, 
J. Creach, N. Ray, S. Sasser, 

G. W. Hill,* Jas. Best, M. Long, 
D. F. Williamson, Abs. Powell, A. F. Powell, 
J. Faulk,* N Stevens, P. P. Ginright,* 
H. Lennon, R. Wooten, A. High, 



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R. M. McRackan,* T. W. Westcoat, T. W. 
[By Letter.] [Woodsides, 

G. W. Lennon, C. Little, J. Ellis,* 
H. Flowers, H. B. WiUets,* 
John Sinnnons,* R. D. Hewitt, J. W. Phelps, 
.(oF.L Bennei't, John Russ, James Beach,* 
Wm. Minis.* B. Mints, A. Bennett, 
Charles V. Fulwood, 

J. Butler,* D. Thames, J. Landcaster, 

M H. Seawell, E. H. Hall, G. S. Jackson, 

M. Autry, H. Jones, T. Beney,* 

S. Minis, J. M. Beasley, R. McDaniel,* 

S. Dusenberry, T. p. Watson, N. Bullock,* 
Henry Rogers, W. Stevens, 

T. D. Todd.* J. J. Todd,* W. Spivey, 

[Total of 1845 extended.] 

[Total of 184.S extended.] 
R. Prince, E. C. Powell,* S. Hodges,* 
Wm. Edge, W. Fulwood, D. Lee, 
Abel Kino, D. M. Edge, Sen'r, 
W. A. Hardee, N. J. Cox, W. E. Gore.* 
H. Insoe, J. Grainger, Sen'r, E. Tyler, Sen.* 



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LICENTIATES. . 



(JLERKS & THEIR POST OFFICES 



Lenuoii. I 3d 

Leiiiiou. ' Isll " 

SdlWilliani B. P.ullard. 

Isi: Alfred Rooeis. 

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rrevalt. 
liam Stone. 



, Prevatt. 

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Moniaii H. Cobb. 
iNormiiU J.hu-lhi. 



.i.iobn U. Watson— T.ccsville, N. 
.'John \Varwi'.-k— Lunibevlon. 

I Moses Warwick — Lcesvillo. 

L\icholas Pitman— Ditto, 
.'jas. A. Lawson— Lumberton. 
. I John B. Thoiupsoii— Ditto. 
^^■AS A. Rozier— Ditto. 

j.Iordan H. Cobb— St. Panl's. 
Eli BnUock— Caddysville 



C. 



L Avers. 
k'. Ayers. 
;. Davis. 
V'. Ayers. 
V. Ayers. 



k't Rnuth.-J.^^ashwelKR Fisber;.famcs Ilall-Elizabelh Town. 

'7 ■ ...Not named— Ditto. 

f -I ... Ewen Johnson- Ditto. 

'""I 'lames H. Cain— Prospect Hall. 

^''f; John G. Sutton— Elizabeth Town. 



4th; 

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3d Joel Eiltle. 



D. Davis. 
V- King. 



I 3d 

4th .John Meares. 
.Uth George Parker, W m. Bledsoe, 
iamin Ward 



i Everett Hinson— Wbiteville. 
liiytbel Buff kin— Fair Bluff, 
i Wright Lcnnon— Big Swamp. 

lohn Mearos— Gum Swamp. 
'; Nathaniel L. Williamson— Big Swamp 

.\I. Formy Duval— Whiteville. 



4th,Benjamm NN ard. ,^^^^^^ MUls-Fair Bluff 



\. Lfuiion. 
Joel Bennett. 

loim Lee. 
li. Lennou. 

J. Uavis. 
J. Bennett. 



2d 
, 2d David J. Ray 

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Joshua Creach— Wbileville. 
Georo-e W. Fiiil— Wiiite Marsh. 
D. Y. Williamson— Big Swamp, 
iesse Long— Gum Swamp. 



! 3dl ••••, 

I 3d Sam'l T. Stanalanct 



t;. W.Lennoiii 3d E. Smith 



A. King. 
J Bennett. 
J. Bennett. 
W. Ayers. 



-^^i'l '".".'. . 'tiichard Woolen— Whiteville. 

4thi 1 

Robert M. McRackan— Smithville.^ 
iWm. Matthews— Little River. S. C. 
!g. J. Byrd— Robeson-s P. O., N. C. 

I 'Samuel S. Mints— SmitliviUe. 

-^fi Moses Hcwelt— Ditto. 

-^"'1 ijames Beach-WbitP Marsh. 

James G. Baslord— Shaloate. 
U. W. Rourk— Smithville. 



1st 
2d, William Mints 




James I'ntler- Fayetteville. 
Marshall H. Seawell— Ditto. 
Matthew Antrv— Ditto. 
Jesse Howell. ; 'it\ ■■■■ ■•■ .Uandal McDaniel— Ditto. 



W. Avers. 



A. King. 
John Lee. 
Joliii Lee. 



2d: Noel 
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Bullock. 



'wtn. H. Hays— Allen's Bridge, S. C. 
basse Ford— Ditto. 



J. Woodward. 
A. King. 
A. King. 



2d 
3d 



od Richard Prince, Samuel 



i Dixon J. Dovl— Conwayborongh. 

."..—Ditto. 

j"'/. —Ditto. 

Juggs. Joshua Stevens— Ditto. 
W. L. Dubois- 



\^*, .jjoseph B. Edge— Little River. 

2f' ^William A. Hardee— Con wayborfnigl 

Ir! ;;••;• .■n::;,:::^ Robert E. Price-ralr l««lft^i^jiL_ 



2d Zadok Bullock 



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fho 4th Sunday in October 1847. Elder J. Bennett to preach the In- 
trodiictory bermon. Services to commence at palf past 10 o'clock 

^ Appointed Elder R. McNabb to preach the Charily Sermon at 12 
o clock on Sabbath, at next Session of this Association 

Agreed to have 1300 copies of these Minutes printed and distributed 
PtS lieretoiore. 

Agreed that the Clerk have $15 for his service^ 

Ti)en Bro S. Mims very affectionately addressed the Association on 

he subject o[ having so lo>ig presided as Moderator over the Associa- 

ion. \\ nereupon the Moderator of the present Session was appointed 

to prepare a suitalue response, and present the same to this body to- 

itiorrovv Monung. -^ 

Adjourned to Saturday Sforning, 9 o'clock. 
Prayer by Eider G. W. Wallace. 



SATURDAY MORNING. 

?.ret pursuant to adjournment. ■ ' 

Prayer by Elder R. McNabb. 

ye Jerda^.""^"'"'"' '""""""^'^ ^""^^^ Committees as ^yere not filled up on 

On .notion the following Resolution was unanimously adopted: 

hcsohed Phat the Thanks of this Association be tendered to our 
fh';: Bcir ^ '"■ ''' '"° ^^^ ^^^'^'^^^^ ^^-'-^ - Moderato. ^r 

Elder W. D. Martin, and Bro. Geo. W. Reaves, from Welsh-Neck 
Assocation, on mv.tafon, came forward and accepted seats: also bTo 
Peter Munro, from Pee Dee Association. 

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Association, the Cedar Creek 
Church have violated Gospel order and the general usages of t e Bap- 
f ..t Denommatmn, n, receiving into their fellowship members that we.^ 
fmvner ly excluded from the Cape Fear Church; J, tha ey e aff 
to ately requested to require of said excluded members, to L procure 
letters of dismission from the Cape Fear Church P'ocuie 

visuTe' Cei^'c'''^''^-K' 't' ^?"'' "^' ''■ ^^"^'•^•^' ^ Committee to 
M?(ir'"n' ^PP«'"^^^ ^- Lennon, R. M. McRackan, and John F 

Appoinled H. Lennon, S. Mims, E. Davis, and G. Parker a Com 
rmttee to collect materials preparatory to writing a Ske tcrof the 1.4; 

lilirifs-::!.^^^^^^'^^^' -'' -'-^^ ^'^ -- - ^^« -- ^-^io:;:^ 

re^t filrnT^j';. ^^'^n '^ '''^' ^'""'^'^ '" ^^« Association be 

S":Sibi; ob;a- 1: ''^ ''"" ^^^^"'^^^^ "''^^^ ^^^' ^'- -«-"-^'p" they 



Agreed to suspend the business of the Association the necessary 
space of time for the sitting of the Board of Domestic Missions. 

The Association came into Session, and after a few minutes, agreed 
to adjourn to Monday Morning, 9 o'clock. 

Prayer by Elder VV. Ayers. 



SABBATIL 

The day was fair, calm, and unusually pleasant, and a very large 
congregation assembled. R. McNabb addressed them from Heb. xii. 
14: "And holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." 

After the lapse of a few minutes, H. Lennon addressed them from 
Gal. iii. 1: "Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set 
forth, crucified among you." 

At the conclusion of the discourse, a general collection was taken up, 
and the congregation dismissed for fifteen minutes. 

G. W. Wallace followed with an address from John ix. 27: "Will ye 
also be his disciples?" 

The Services of the day were closed v/ith an invitation to mourners, 
and singing, by J. F. McCall. 

Prayer by H. Lennon. 



MONDAY MORNING. 

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Met pursuant to adjournment. 

Prayer by S. T. Stanaland. 

Report on Special Changes received, and ordered to be appended to 
these Minutes. 

Report on Ministerial Location received, and referred to the Clerk 
for correction. 

Whereas, the Good Hope Church has failed representing for the last 
three years: Therefore 

Resolved, That a Committee consisting of W. Ayers, D. B. Ayers, 
and Zadok Bullock, be appointed to visit said Church, to ascertain the 
cause. 

Resolved, also, that a Committee consisting of H. Lennon, E. Davis, 
and J. Bennett, be appointed to visit Mount Moriah Church on the same 
cause. 

Report of Financial Committee received, and ordered to be appended 
to these Minutes. 

Appointed the Moderator to prepare a Letter of Correspondence to 
the Welsh-Neck Association. 

Appointed H. Lennon to prepare Letters of Correspondence to the 
Pee Dee and Union Associations. 

Report on the Digest of Religion in this Association received, and 
ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 



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Report on Ministerial Examination received, approving the Ordina- 
tion of Zadok Bullock. 

Report on the Examination of Letters and Minutes of Corresponding 
Associations received, and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

The Committee on Selecting Messengers to Corresponding Associa- 
tions reported the following: 

To the Pee Dee — Jacob Thompson, Jno. Carlisle, and J. H. Cobb. 
To the Welsh-Neck— Jno. Smith, R. McNaljb, J. O. Hale, and A. 
Rogers. To the Union — W. Ayers, E. Davis, S. Dusenberry, R. Mc- 
Nabb, M. Warwick, A. King, and J. F. McCall. 

Agreed that the Treasurer defray the entire expenses of printing 
these Minutes, and the binding into one or more volumes the Minutes 
of this Association from its organization to the present. 

Agreed that the residue of the Association Fund be paid over to the 
Treasurer of Board of Domestic Missions. 

Agreed that the Clerk correct these Minutes and the Reports to be 
appended. 

Resolved, That the Ministry in this Association be affectionately re- 
quested to devote one month each, in visiting and preaching to the 
Churches in the Association. 

Suspended the business of the Association, for the necessary time re- 
quired to hold a Session of the Domestic Mission Board and Bible So- 
ciety. 

Resumed the business of the Association. 

Voted, that the thanks of this Association be presented to the inhabi- 
tants of this vicinity, for the entertainment they have so hospitably fur- 
nished. 

Ordered, that the Clerk furnish each family in this vicinity, who have 
opened their houses for the reception of the congregation, with a copy, 
of these Minutes. 

Agreed to refer all unfinished husiness to Brethren H. Lennon, S. 
Mims, and J. M. Beasley. 

Adjourned to time and place above specified for holding the next 
Session of this Association. 

Valedictory remarks and singing, by R. McNabb. Prayer by H. 
Lennon. 

Thus closed a Session unusually harmonious. 

JOHN SMITH, Moderator. 

HAYxNES LENNON, Clerk. J 

ROBERT McNABB, Assistant Clerk. 



AiPSPiasriDii^c, 



REPORT of Financial Commillee. 

Received from the Churches this year, $70 25 

Collection on Sabbath for Missions, 20 29j 



$90 54f 



Respectfully submitted. 

N. L. WILLIAMSON, Chairman. 

REPOR T on. Minutes and Letters of Corresponding Associations. 

Your Committee on examining the Minutes and Letters of Corre- 
sponding Associations would report: That the larger number of their 
Churches complain ofcoldness, and supplicate the prayers of this Body. 
The Union AssociatioR have ha.d three 31issionaries travelling in their 
bounds a part of the ycar^ they have done much towards improving their 
spiritual and historical condition. Five newly constituted Churches 
were added to the Association the past year, being the fruits of Mis- 
sionary labor. The Association have now on hand more than $400, 
for the employment of Missionaries the ensuing year. The Welsh- 
Neck Association have also had two Itinerants in the field, whose la- 
bours have doubtless been blest. The Pee Dee Association have one 
Itinerate only, but nothing is said concerning his labors. They have 
a Bible Society which bids fair to do much good. The proceeds are 
left to be disposed of as the N. C. Baptist Bible Society may deem the 
most beneficial to the Bible Cause. They have appended to their 
Minutes, as a Circular, Extracts of a Letter written h»y Miles P. Jewett, 
A. M., late Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory in Mareetta College, 
Ohio, and a Licensed Minister of the Presbyterian Church, on the mode 
AND SUBJECTS OF BAPTISM, a few days after his Baptism. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

RICHARD WOOTEN, Chairman. 

REPORT on Special Changes in the Association. 

Among the changes which have taken place during the past year, 
solemnly affecting the interests of the Association, are those provi- 
dences of God which have remov»>d several zealous and energetic breth- 
ren. The first subject of these was our much respected Bro., Frede- 
rick Sasser, of Columbus county, a deacon at Pleasant Plains. He dis- 
tinguished himself as a disciple of Christ, and under all the ills that be- 
fel him in this life, he manifested more than ordinary cheerfulness and 
resignation. 



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The next subject of these changes, was our devoted Bro., John Hum- 
phrey, a man noted for his retired christian hahits and exemplary vir- 
tues. His death is much lamented by all who knew him. 

Another instance is the death of our highly esteemed Bro., James 
Bell, of Brunswick county. In this man was foimd more equanimity 
than is common for men. Nothing could disturb him more than to wit- 
jiess disagreement amongst brethren, or to hear Ministers denouncing 
the doctrines and usages of other denominations. In his death he ex- 
emplitied the profession of his lite. 

Bro. Jesse Pitman Sen., of Robeson coimty, is another whose loss we 
are called on to deplore. He died rejoicing in the triumphant faith ot 
Christ, and admonishing his friends to meet him in Heaven. 

Nor are we permitted to finish this mournful record here. There is 
yet another Bro., Robert Melvin, of Bladen county, memljer elect to 
the Senate — whose name needs but be mentioned to produce a sensa- 
tion in the bosoms of many now present. Long was he connected with 
this Association. He was one of the few who first engaged in the re- 
formation of Missions in this Association. Possessing an ardent tem- 
perament, he entered with his might into whatever his hand found to do; 
and having also a penetrating and discriminating mind, his efficiency 
Avas felt. No one was more zealous in promoting the interest of the 
Association. This he did by his pecuniary contributions, by his in- 
fluence, and by his untiring advocacy. But it has pleased Him, whose 
"ways are mysterious, to dissolve his connexion with earth, and we trust, 
to grant him a glorious and triumphant entrance among the saints in 
gloiy. 

Though we have been afHicted with the above lamented changes; yet 
we are permitted to record some events of the past year of a more plea- 
sant nature. Many Churches which have been cold and barren, have 
experienced most glorious revivals, particularly those East of the Cape 
Fear River. There is a manifest improvement in the Association in 
many respects. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

WM. AYERS, Chairman. 

REPORT of Treasurer. 

Received from Committee of Finance, - - $90 54|^ 

Paid for Printing Minutes of 1846, 
Paid Clerk for his services, 
Paid for Binding Minutes, 
Paid Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board, 

890 54i 
HAYNES LENNON, Treamrer. 

A DIGEST of the State of Religion in the Churches, as indicated in 

their Letters. 

Ashpole. — Nothing of interest can be learned from their Letter. 
Antioch. — They enjoy peace and harmony. 



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Beaver Dam, Columbus County. — Have no Pastor. 
/ieacer Dam, Bladen County. — Speak in atiectiiig terms of the loss 
they have siustaiiied in the removal of their Deacon, Bro. Robert Mel- 
viii. 

Bear Swamp — havo recently had a revival of religion. 

Beulah — cannot, it would seem from their Letter, get into a much 
worse condition than they are in at present. 

Big Branch — have been revived and strengthened since our last 
meeting. 

Brier Branch — have had a goodly number to unite with them. 

Bethel — appears stationary. 

Bethlehem. — In their Letter they state that they have one small dif- 
ficulty which retards their prospeiitv. 

Cedar Creek — have had considerai>le accession to their number. 

Cross Roads — appears to be gaining but little ground if any. 

Cheerful Ho-{)e — have no cheering intelligence to communicate. 

Cape Fear — is tar from being in a prosperous condition. 

Concord — have had some accession to their number since the last 
Association. 

Cherry Grove — was constituted since our last meeting. They have 
nothing of special interest to write. 

Kbenezer — appears stationary. 

Fai^ettecille. — In their Letter they tell us that their harps are hang- 
ing on the willows. 

Honey Camp — sends no good news. 

Hickory Grove — complain of coldness, but seem rather on the gain- 
ing order. 

Iron HUl X Roads — appears to be at peace among themselves. 

Mot/ut Pisgah, Robeson County — have no leguiar preaching, and as 
might be expected, they have a wintry time. 

Mount Pisguh, Brnn.swick County. — From their Letter we infer that 
they stand much in need of a genuine revival of Religion. 

Mill Creek — is in a cold and banen condition. 

Mount KHa?n — have nothing interesting to communicate. 

Mount Tabor — have had scmie accession and their meetings are well 
attended. 

Macedonia — have no Pastor and seems desirous that the ministers 
woidd "come over and help them." 

Mount Zion, N. C. — By reference to Rev. 3, 16, the condition of this 
Chiwch may be known. 

Mount Zion, S. 6'. — We would infer from their Letter that it is not 
with them as in days pasi. 

New Britain. — The same as the above. 

Pleasant Grove — is in the same condition that too many of the 
Churches are in. neither hot nor cold. 

Pleasant Plains. — Here religion is on the decline and but little uni- 
ty among them. They have to lament the death of one of their Dea- 
cons, Bro. Frederick Sasser. 

Providence — is praying and hoping for better times. 

Porter Swamp — is destitute of a Pastor and in a cold state, though 



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they seem to hope that a change fi-om bad to good will ere long fake 
place. 

Saw Mill — sends no good news in their Letter. . • 

Spring Branch — have no Pastor and seems to be losing ground, 

Shalqate — have nothing cheering to write us. 

Sharon — is afflicted with some unsettled difficulties. 

ShUoh — have a good state of things. 

Seven Creeks — is gathering no strength. 

Simpson's Creek. — The members of this Churcls are ueitber cold nor 
hot. 

Saddle Tree — is anticipating better times. 

Western Prong — are in love and union and state that they trust they 
will remain so. 

White Lake — is at present in a cold state. 

Union. — From their Letter it seems though they have had no revival 
that brotherly lave continues. 

ROBERT McNABB, Chairman. 

DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

Satitrbay, October 24, 184©. 
The Board was called into Session )jy Absalom Powell, President of 
last Session- 
Appointed Jas. O. Hale, W. Young, and , a committee of' 

Finance. 

The following. individuEsIs a»d Representatives «>f Churches came for- 
ward and paid the sums to their names annexed, and were recognized 
as members «vf the: present Board: 



William Matthews, 
Fayettcville Church, 
Providence Church, 
Cedar Creek Church, 
Absalom Powell, 
Beaver Dam Ch. Columbus 
Joseph Stanaland, 
James O. Hale, 
William Frink, 
Wm. Mints, 
James G. Basford, 
New Britain Church, 
Shiloh Church, 
Samuel Dusenberry, 
Mathew Autry, 
Samuel T. Stanaland, 



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Macedonia Church, 

Isham Stone, 

Elias Stone, 

Elias Pitman, 

Bethel Church, 

Jno. F, MeCall, 

Mount Pisgah Church, 

Norman Martin, 

G. W. Ler>non, 

Peter Monro*^, (Donation,) 

Eld. G. W. Wallace, ditto, 

William Fullwood, 

Simon Sasser, 

Porter Swamp Choreia, 

William Edge, 

A Friend, 



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Then proceeded to the Election of Officers: Robert McNabb was 
duly elected President; and H. Lennon Secretary and Treasurer. 
Adjourned to Monday next. 



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JMOXDAY, — 12 o'cxocK, M. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. 

Called lor and read the Reports of the Itenerants. 

Financial Committee reported and paid over to the Treasurer the a- 
mount of Funds on hand. 

Ordered that the Treat^urer pay the Itinerants accoixling to their re- 
poi'ted time of service as far as the Funds on hand will hold out after 
paying what may have l)een due at last Session of this Boartl. 

The Executive Committee appointed at last Session of this Board re- 
ported. Report received, and the Committee commended for the course 
they pursued. 

Appointed an Executive CommitteD for the ensuing jear, consisting 
of Brethren, H. Lennon, A. Powell, N. L. Williamson, R. Woolen, 
and B. Williams. 

Agreed that all unfinished business be referred to the Executive 
Committee above named. 

Adjourned to time and place of holding the next Session of the Cape 
Fear Association. 

ROBERT McNABB, Preddent. 

HAYNES LENNON, Secretary. 

REPORT of Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board. 

Board of Domestic Missions, To Jno. F. McCall, Dr. 

1844. To 11 months' services, at $22 per month, $242 00 

1845. " 4 months' services, at $22 per month, 88 00 
" " Extra services lljr March and April, which he 

charges the Boaid. 80 00 

1846. " 11 months' services, at $20 per month, 220 00 



$580 00 



CONTRA. 

Feb. 1845. By cash as per receipt, . $133 85 

Oct. " " " " " 139 32 

Nov. " " " " " 28 90 

Feb. 1846. " " " a ■ 12 05 

,Oct. " " " " " 195 38 

" amount now due him, " 70 30 



$580 00 

Board of Domestic Missions, To Darius B. Ayers, Dr. 

1846. To 3 months' services, at $20 per uK.nlh, $60 00 

" " 8 months' services, at $10 per month, . 80 00 



CONTRA. 



Oct. 1840. By cash as per receipt, $91 25 

" amount now due him, 1 48 75 



$140 00 



$140 00 



HAYNES LENNON, Tn usurer. 



u 

John F. McCalVs Report. 

To the Board of Domestic Missions — Dkar Buetiikrx: T, as your 
Missionary, report tlie following as the result (;t'iny ial)ours for tbe past 
year. 

I entered the field of labour on the first of December last, and f )nnd 
it in a cold state; but after getting my appointments circulated regular- 
iy, so as to get congiegations together, considering the in;:leniency of 
the weather, I found them to increase, both in number and in spiritual 
leeling in almost ail the Churches. 

I have travelled in the North Circuit ten months, and in the South 
Circuit one month — making in al!,. 285 days, eight of which i did not 
preach, and have ))tiptizod 101 persons. 

The following Table will exhibit my time of servitude and funds col- 
lected: 



CHURCHES. 



Aslipolo, 
I'loasiiiit Grove, 
Saw Mill, 
Hear 8\viimp, 
Npriiiif Mraiich, 
Porter Swamp, 
IMaceiloniu, 
Western Proiij, 
Cross Roads, 
Aiitiocli, 
Hickory Grove, 
Wliite Lake, 



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7 00 

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Brier Branch, 
Heaver I3ain, 
Concorci, 
C'edar C'reek, 
Siiiloli, 
Cape Fear, 
Providence, 
Saddle Tree, 
Mount Pisorah, 
Mt. Eliaiii, 
Biu;' Braiicli, 
Ebeiiezer, 



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All of which is respectfully submitted. 



JOHN F. McCALL. 



D. B. Ayers' Report. 



To the Domestic Mission Board — Rki^oved Bkkthukx: Herewith 
you are presented with an account of my services the past yenr, as yoiu" 
Itinerant in the South Circuit. I commenced on the first of Decemi)er 
last, and proceed(*d according to the instructions given me by the Ex- 
ecutive Comtniltee. 

A general coldness existed in the Churches allotted me to visit. — 
They were vei-y destitule of preaching generally, and in some places, 
much opposed to Missionary operations. This I found even in Church- 
es that were entirely built bv Missionaries, and who, at tiie time of their 
constitution as a Cliurch, solemnly professed i)efore Almighty (iOd 
and in the presence of many wit>;es.>i;s, their favorableness lo "Bene- 
volent Institutions." 1 have continued to attend my appointments re- 
gularly, and I feel much assured that there is Some spiritual improve- 



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ment; ^et very much regi-ot, that so much is sfill to accomplish before 
it can Ije said "«/^ is ireAl." 

I travelled for the Board till the close of June, making 184 days, 183 
sermons delivered, and assisted in the Ordination of George W. Len- 
noii as Fastor of Cheerful Hope Church, Brunswick Co.; also aided 
Bro. R. McNabb in the constitution of a Church at Rocklish Factory, 
Cumberland County. 

Since the first of July I continued to ride and preach as before, dur- 
ing which time, I attended three Protracted Meetings and one Camp 
Meeting. I have travelled in all 363 days, preached 261 sermons, bap- 
tized 71 persons, collected for the Board ^34 75, and received from 
sundry individuals $6 95, unconnected with my engaged services. 

And now, dear brethren, I tender you my humblest thanks for the 
appointment conferred on me, hoping that not only those present, but 
all those who have so kindly entertained me during the past year, will 
accept for themselves the tenderest regard of their unworthy servant, 

D. B. AYERS. 

BIBLE SOCIETY. 

The Society was called to order by H. Lennon, President of last Ses- 
sion. 

The Secretary of last Session being absent, the President appointed 
Jno. Smith ^o" the time being. 

Appointed Dr. J. O. Hale, John Monroe, and Giles Williams, a Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

An opportunity was then offered to persons who desired to become 
members of this Society: whereupon a very respectable Society was 
constituted. 

Elected Samuel Mims, President; Absalom Powell, 1st Vice Presi- 
dent; John M. Beasly, 2nd Vice President; John Smith, Secretary; and 
N. L. Williamson, Treasurer. 

On motion a subscription was offered to obtain members for the en- 
suing year — a goodly number subscribed. 

Committee of Finance reported. Report accepted and ordered to be 
printed. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay over to J. M. Beasly all monies on 
hand. 

Agreed that Bro. J. M. Beasly be authorized to forward the sum paid 
him by the Treasurer to the State Bible Society, N. C. and that he re- 
commend some suitable person as Agent in this Association. 

Adjourned to time and place of holding the next Session of Cape Fear 
Association. 

SAMUEL MIMS, President. 
ABSALOM POWELL, \st V. P. 
JOHxNf M. BEASLY, 2«rf F. P. 

JOHN SMITH, Secretary. 

NATHANIEL L. WILLIAMSOxN, Treasurer. 



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Ministers^ Names and their Post Office Address* 

♦ 

Wilhatn Ayers, Allen's Bridge, Marion District, S. C. 

Darius B. Ayers, do. do. 

Alfred, Rogers, do. do. 

JSoel Bullock, do. do. 

Samuel Dusenberry, do. do. 

Furney Prevaft, Leesvilie, Robeson County, N. C. 

Joha F. McCall, do. do. 

Wm B. Billiard,, do. do. 

William Bledsoe, do. do. 

Isham Stone, Lumberton, do. 

Norman Martin, Gaddysville, do. 

Eiias Davis, Elizabeth Town, Bladen County, N. C. 

Thomas Smith, do, do. 

James CashwelJ, do, do. 

R. Fisher, do. do. 

Joel Little, White Marsh, Columbus County, N. C. 

Joel Bennett do. do. 

xJohn Meare-s, Gum Swamp, do. 

George Parker, Big Swamp, do. 

Haynes Lennon, do. do. 

Zadok Bullock, Fair Bluff, do. . 

Benjamin Ward, Whiteville, do, 

David J. Ray, do. do. 

George VV. Lennon, Robeson's P. O., Brunswick County, N. C. 

E. Smith, do. do. 

Samuel T. Slancdcmd, Little River, S. C. 

A. King, do. do. 

John Lee, ConwayslKjrough, do. 

Richard Prince,, do. do. 

Samuel Snggs, do. do. 

William Mints, Shaloate, Brunswick County, N. C. 

Robert McNabb, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Hezekiah Woodward, Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 

Jordan A. Cobb, St. Paul's, N. C. 

Note. — Th'sjie are in Bladen County 5 Baptist Churches, 1 Ordained Minister, 
and 3 Licentiates. In Robeson, 9 Churclies, 3 Ordained Ministers, and 5 Licentiates. 
In Columbus, 12 Churches, 1 Ordained IMinister, and 5 Licentiates. In Brunswick, 
€ Churches, 2 Ordained Ministers, and 3 Licentiates. 



MINUTES 



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OF THE 



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OF THE 



€mpe Fear Muptmt Jlsgocmtlom^ 



HELD AT 



CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 

OCTOBER m, lU, 24th, fatli, 

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rAYETXEVILLE 



PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE. 

1818. 



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FRIDAY, October 22, 1847. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder Furney Prevattj 
(in the absence of the brother appointed to that duty,) from 116th Psahi), 
1st and 2d verses: "I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice 
and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, 
therefore will I call upon him as long as I live." 

After a short intermission, the Delegates were called together by the 
Moderator of the last Association. Bro. W. B. Bullard addressed a 
Throne of Grace. 

Bro. R. M. McRackan was appointed Assistant Clerk; and Brethren 
A. F. Powell, J. M. Beasley, and J. M. Byrne, a Committee of Finance. 

The Moderator then announced Brethren, N. Wheeler, J.Thompson, 
J. (iause, and J. M. Beasley, a Committee to supply the Stage with 
Preachers during the Session. 

Letters from the Churches were then called for, read, and Delegates' 
names enrolled. 

Received one newly constituted Church, viz: Rockfish, Cumberland 
County, N. C. — Presbyters, Robert McNabb and Da7-ius B. Ayers. 
Constituted fourth Sabbath in June, 1846. 

The Association proceeded to organize, and elected the following 
Officers, viz: John Smith, Moderator; Haynes Lennon, Clerk and 
Treasurer; Robert M. McRackan, Assistant Clerk. 

Bro. Peter Monroe was recognised as a Delegate from the Pee Dee 
Association, and was invited to a seat. 

Appointed Committees on the following subjects, viz: -On Arrange- 
ments — H. Lennon and R. M. McRackan. Special Changes — R. M- 
McKackan, A. F. Powell, and J. A. Rozier. Digest of the State of Rt;. 
ligion in the Association, as indicated in the Church Letters — J. M. 
Beasley, Z. Bullock, and E. Smith. On preventing the sale of Con- 
traband Articles — J. Butler, J. Ellis, J. Plummer, C. Tyson, and N. 
Williamson. On Examining Applicants for Ordination — J. J. Brantly, 
W. Ayers, and H. Lennon. On Examining Letters and Minutes from 
Corresponding Associations — J. M. Byrne, A. King, and J. G. Powell. 
Southern Baptist Publication Society — R. iMcDaniel, J. J. Brantly, and 
G. Williams. 

Resolved, That our next Session be held with the Church at Western 
Prong, Columbus County, N. C, to commence Friday before 4th Lord's 
day in October, 1848. Elder W. Ayers to preach the Introductory 
Sermon. Elder J. J. Brantly was appointed to preach the Charity 
Sermon, on Sabbath at 12 o'clock, and Elder H. Woodward his Al- 
ternate. 

Agreed that the Clerk have $1.5 for his services, in transcribing, cor-s 
recting, and preparing these Minutes for the Press. 



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l^HURCHES 

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COUNTIES. 



DELEGATES. 



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Asbpole. 
Aiitiocli, 
Ebeii'^zer, 
Big Biaiich, 
Moinit Eliam, 
Moiiiii Pisgal), 
Saddle Tree, 
Providence, 
Pleasant (Jrove, 
Bhiden County. 
Beaver Dam, 
Brier Branch, 
Hiekorj' Grove, 
Shiloh, 
^VIlite Lake, 

Columbus C'fy. 
Beaver Dam, 
I'herry Grove, 
t^ross Roads, 
Iron Hill Xlloads 
Macedonia, 
I\Iount Moriah, 
Mount Tabor, 
Mount Zion, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Poiter Swamp, 
Seven Greeks, 
Western Prong, 

Brunswick Co. 
Bethel, 
Beulah, 

Ciieerfnl Hope, 
Mill Creek, 
Mount Pisgah, 
New Britain,, 
.Shaloate, 
Ujiion, 

Cumberland Co. 
Cape Fear, 
('edar Creek, 
Concord, 
J^'ayetteville, 
Kockfish, 
Marion Dis. S.C. 
Bear Swainj), 
Saw Mill, 
Horry Dis. S. C. 
Bethlehem, 
P.uck Creek, 
Good Hope, 
Honey Camp, 
Mount Zion, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek 
Sprinjir Branch, 



Wm- Ayers, E. Pitman, Joseph Thompson,* 
Moses Meares, J no. Israel,* James Blount, 
A. R. Rogers,* A. Waltei-s,* J. Streekland,* 
Wm. B. Bullard, Closes Warwick, W. f vey,* 
J. R. Stone,* J. Britt, Sen.,* Samuel Stone, 
Jno. B. Thompson,* J. Thompson, J. RadclifF, 
P'uRNEY PiiEVATT,J. A. Rozier, J. C.Carlisle,* 
RouEKT A'.cNabi!,* J. H. Cobb. A. McMillan, 
N. Martin, Jas. Moore, Jos. K. Williams, 

A. Hall, J. Cashwell,* D. Bullard, 
John Cain, A. Cain, James Melvin, 

E. Johnson, R. M. Sessums,* A. Edwards,* 
E. Ellis, John M. Byrne, John Smith, 
Jas. Carrol,* A. Smith,* H. Wilkinson,* 

E. Hinson, John Frink,* J. Mercer,* 

[Total of 1846 e.xtended.] 
J. E.Lennon,* J. 1\L Lennon,* E. Singleterry* 
John Mills, John Meares* J. W. Gore,* 
Giles Williams, 

[Total of 1843 extended.] 

B. Harrelson,* E. Phipps, J. Souls, 
David J. Ray* Simon Sasser,* 

[Total of 1846 e.xteiided.] 

D. F. Williamson,* A. F. Powell, J. G. Powell, 

[Total of 1846 extended.] 
H. Len.non, R. L. Wooten, James Jordan,* 

Robert M. McRackan, 

[Total of 1840 extended.] 

E. Smith, C. Little, 

[Total of 1846 extended.] 
J. Holden, G. Clemmons, T. M. Chatterton, 
Z. Russ, Joseph Gause, James Beach,* 
Joel Renwett,* A. l?ennett, S. Frink, 

[Total of 1846 exter.ded.] 

N. William.sou, N. Wheeler, C. B. Tyson, 
Jas. Thaggard,* J. R. McLemore, N. Toler, 
H. "Woodward, M. AuUy, O. Jone.^,* 
J. J. Branti.y, R. McDaniel, J. M. Beasley, 
H. McAlpin, A. Simmons, J. Musslewhite, 

Sam'i- Dusenberry, N. Bullock. M. Watson, 
[Total of 1846 extended.] 

J. J. Todd.* C. Plardie,* R. M. Todd, 

[Total of 1845 extended.] 
i [Total of 1843 extended.] 

JFelix Powell, J. Harrelson, E. C. Powell, 
I [Total of 184G extended.] 

AnEL King, D. Edge. Jr.,* J. B. Edge, 
A. J. Hardie, J. B. Hardie, T. L. Hardie,* 
Zadok Bn.LocK, H Enzor, D. Grainger, 



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PASTORS. 


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LICENTIATES. 

4.,,* 


CLERKS 

ANi> THEIR 

POST OFFICES. 




3d 




.1. R. Watson — Lee.tville. N. C. 


11. Tjeiuioii. 




.r. ^Var\vick — Luinbei'tuii, 




1st 
3d 

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2d 

4th 


A. R. Uofrer.s. 
Will. B. Billiard. 


N. Pitman — Leesville. \ 


F. Prevail. 


W. B. Bnllard— ditto. 

J. A. Lawson — liiirnbeitoii. 






J. B. TlioiMpsoii — ditto. 


Jj^ Frevatt 




J. A. Rozier — ditto. 




I. FI. Cobb. 


J. M. Cobb St. Panl's. 




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1st 


N. Mariiij. • 

T. SmillK J.Casliwe!l,R Fiahor 


E. Bullock — Leesville. 




James Hall — Elizabeth Town. 




J. J ones — ditto. 




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E. Joliijstoii — ditto. 






John Smith — Prospect Hall. 
James Carrol — Elizabeth Town, 




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Win. HoUiiigBworlli. 
Alfred Noble. 




E Ilinson — WhiteviUe. 








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W. Lennou — Big Swamp. 
J. IMeares — Gum Swurnp. 
N. L. Williamson Ivev's Bluff. 


A. King. 


.loliii Meares. 
Georrre Paiker. 






M. Formvduval — WhiteviUe. 


Z Btillock. 


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A Mills ' Fair Blnff. 




J). J. Uuy. 
G. W. riiU. 


C. P. Woodel— WhiteviUe. 








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J O. Powell — WhiteviUe. 




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R. !\I. McRackan— Smithville. 






W. Matthews Little River, S. C. 


G. W.Leiinoii. 


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E. Siuilli, C. Little. 


C.J. Byrd— Robesosi's P. 0., N. C. 








T. M. ChattMton — Smithville. 




1st 




J. Beach — While Marsh. 






J. G. Bassford — Shaioate. 




Lst 

1st 




J. Butler — Favetteville. 






M. H. Seawi^il — ditto. 




VT. Aiilry. 


M. Aiitrv — diEfo. 


J. J. Biantlv. 


IL McDiiniel — ditto. 






fi. McAlpiii. 








W. H. Hays Allen's Bridge, S.C, 










3d 




D. J. Doyle Conwavboro', S. C. 














John Leii. 


2d 


Ricliard Prince. 


.F. liarrelsou — C'onwayboro', S.C. 




2d 




J. B. Edc^f— LiiUp River, S. C 






W. A. Flardie — Ct>ti vva\|ioro",S.C. 


Z. Bullock. 


2d 




J Walk-T— Fair Bluff N. C. 



6 

Resolved, That 1300 copies of these Minutes be printed and distri- 
tributed as heretofore. 

Adjourned to 10 o'clock A. M., to-morrow. 
. Prayer by Elder J. F. McCall, 



SATURDAY MORNING. 

Association convened. Prayer l)y Elder H. Woodward. 

The Committee to visit Cedar Creek Church reported, that they suc- 
ceeded in correcting the error into which said Church had fallen. Re- 
port received and Committee discharged. 

The Committee appointed to visit the Church at Buelah, stated that 
they had not complied. Committee was continued. 

The Committee to collect materials preparatory to publishing a Bio- 
graphical Sketch of the depaited Ministry, reported, that from the want 
of authentic information on the greater number of the subjects of their 
appnintment, they were unable to give a correct and satisfactory state- 
ment. Committee was continued. 

The Committee appointed to visit the Church at Good Hope, reported, 
that they had been unfortunate in obtaining a congregation, biit was of 
the opinion that it should yet be attended to. The same Committee 
was re-appointed. 

The Con^mittee to visit the Church at Mt. Moriah, reported, that the 
Church had legularly appointed their Delegation to the Association, but 
that the Delegates had been Providentially disappointed in attending the 
Sessions of 1844 and 1S45; and that in 164G they had neglected going.' 
The Church desires a continuation in the Association. Report received 
and Committee discharged. 

The following Committees were then raised, viz: The Selection of 
Corresponding Messengers — Wm. Ayers, Jacob Thompson, and R. L. 
Wooten. The Education of the Ministry — John Smith, R. M. Mc- 
Rackan, and H. McAlpin. 

Whereas, Bro. Samuel T. Stanaland, a Licensed Minister of the 
Gosipel in the Cape Fear Baptist Association, has made known to us 
his intention to locate himself and tainily in the State of Florida: 

Therefore Kesohed, That the Committee appointed by this Associa- 
tion to visit the Church at Buelah, be authorized in behalf of this body, 
(in the event that Bro. Stanaland proves to be an orderly member 
theieof ) to give him a Commendatory Letter. 

Whereas, Elder Robert McNabb, wlio was at our last Session ap- 
pointed to pVeach the Charity Sermon on to-morrow, has been Provi- 
dentially disajjpointed in attending this Session: 

Therefore Resolved, That Elder Haynes Lennon be appointed to of- 
ficiate on the (;ccasion. 

Whereas, Bro. A. Simmons, iVom the Church at Rockfish, made 
known to the Association, that Bi'o. H. McAlpin was a Licensed Min- 
ister of the Gospel, and that the said Church desired him to come be- 
fore the Association for examination of his Ministerial qualifications: , 

Therefore Resolved, That Bro. iMcAlpin be requested to present him- 



self before the Committee appointed by this Association for the exami- 
nation of applicants for the Ministry. 

Bro. John Smith was appointed to write a Letter of Correspondence 
to the Welch Neck Association. 

Bro. John M. Byrne to write the Union Association. 

Bro. Jordan H. Cobb to write the Pee Dee Association. 

Committee on Special Changes reported. Report received and or- 
dered to be appended to the Minutes. . 

Committee on the Examination of Minutes and Letters of Corre- 
sponding Associations reported. Report received and ordered to be 
appended to these Minutes. 

Committee on the appointment of Corresponding Messengers report- 
ed the following: 

To the Pee Dee Association — Elder Z. Bullock, and Brethren Jor- 
dan H. Cobb, Jacob Thompson, }L McAlpin. 

To the Welch Neck Association — Brethren John Smith, A. F. 
Powell. 

To the Union Association — Elders William Ayers, Haynes Lennon, 
and Bro. R. L. Wooten. 

Agreed that the Association suspend business for the necessary space 
of time for the Board of Domestic Missions to hold a meeting, 12 o'- 
clock M. 

2 o'clock, p. m. - 

The Association re-assembled. 

Eider William H. Jordan, Agent for Wake Forest College, was in- 
vited to a seat. 

Agreed that the Treasurer defray the expenses of printing and edit- 
ing these Minutes. 

On motion, the Clerks of each Church in this Association are re- 
quested, in their future Letters to the Association, to insert the number 
of Minutes required to supply the Church. 

Agreed that each Minister in this Association be furnished with six 
copies of these Minutes. 

Adjourned to Monday, 9 o'clock A. M. 

Prayer by Elder W. H. Jordan. 



SABBATH, 

The Morning opened unpleasantly, with several showers of rain; but 
about 10 o'clock the sky commenced brightening, and by 11a large con- 
course of people were assembled at the Stand, who were addressed by 
Elder William H, Jordan, from Rev. 14: 4: "These are they which 
follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth." Elder H. Lennon imme- 
diately followed, with a discourse founded on Rom. 7: 24: "O wretched 
man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death." A 
collectiori was then taken up, highly creditable to the contributors. Aft 



'^ intermission of twenty minutes was given; after which, Elder J. J. 

Brantly addressed the congregation from Rom. 14: 7: "For none of us 
* liveth to himself." 

The Services of the day were closed by an exhortation from Elder 
W. fl. Jordan, enforcing the sacred truths so faithfully delivered during 
the day. 

Benediction by Elder H. Leunon. 



MONDAY MORNING, 9 o'clock. 

The Associ'ation met. Prayer l)y Elder A. King. 

Committee on the State of Religion, as indicated in the Church Let- 
ters, reported. Report received and ordered to be appended to these 
Minutes. 

Committee on the Education of the Ministry, stated that they would 
not be able to report during the Session, but were willing to prepare 
the report hereafter, subject to the examination of a committee. 

Agreed that Brethren J. M. Beaslev and R. McDaniel examine the 
above report, and if approved by them, be handed over to the Clerk for 
insertion in these Minutes. 

Letters of Correspondence were then called for. Committees stated 
severally to the Association that they had been unable to prepare them, 
and asked further time, which was unanimously given. 

Financial Committee reported. Report received and ordered to be 
appended to these Minutes. 

Resolved, wianimoushj, That the Association highly approve the se- 
lection of Elder William Ayers Ijy the Board of Domestic Missions in 
this Association, as their Itinerant. 

Resolved, That the destitute Churches in this Association be affec- 
tionately requested to solicit his aid in their Church IMeetings. 

Resolved, That the Deacons of each Church in this Association be 
requested to make an effort to fully sustain Bro. Ayers in his ministra- 
tions. 

Appointed Elder F. Prevatt, in place of Elder William Ayers, (ab- 
sent,) to assist the Committee in the examination of applicants for the 
Ministry. 

Agreed that the Clerk of this Association furnish our Corresponding 
Messengers with a package of Minutes to each Corresponding Asso- 
ciation. 

Elder W. II. Jordan was then allowed an opportunity to lay before 
the Association the claims of Wake Forest College. 

Agreed to delegate Elder J. J. Brantly, and Brethren H. MeAlpin, 
R. McDaniel, and P. Taylor, to the Baptist State Convention, to Ije 
held at Rockford, Surry County, N. C, commencing Thursday before 
the third Sabbath in October, 1848. 

Agreed, further, that such Delegates as may attend the next Baptist 
Slate Convention, be authorized to till any vacancy that may occur in 
this appointment; also to appoint a sufficient number to represent our 
funds in said body. 



9 

The Association then suspended business for the Bible Society to 
hold a Session. 

On re-assembling, the Committee on the Examination of Applicants, %. 
for the Ministry, reported. Report received and ordered to be append- 
ed to these Minutes. 

Report on Southern Baptist Publication Society was presented, read, 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Agreed that the Clerk correct these Minutes and the Reports to be 
appended. 

Ordered, that the Committee of Finance pay over to the Treasureir' of 
this Association the amount of funds specified in their report. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer of this Association pay over to the 
Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board of this Association, the residue of 
funds in the Treasury. 

Appointed Elders H. Lennon, J. J. Brantly, and Bro. J. M. Beasley, 
an Executive Committee, to whom all unfinished business of this Asso- 
ciation shall be referred. 

Resolved, That the grateful acknowledgments of this Association be 
expressed to our friends at this Church, for the kind and hospitable 
manner in which they have entertained this Association. 

Adjourned to time and place above specified. 

Praise and prayer bv Elder H. Lennon. 

JOHN SMITH, 3Ioderaior. 

HAYNES LENNON, Clerk. 

R. M. McRACKAN, Assistant Clerk. 



a 



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ii IP IF 11 3^ IS) n So 



A DIGEST of the ISiate of Religion in the Churches, as indicated 

in their Letters. 

Ashpoh. — Have enjoyed peace and barrnony, under the Pastoral se,r- 
vices of Elder H. Leinion. 

Antioch. — There is but little increase in point of numbers, but an 
advancement in piety. They have had the services of Elder M. Lcn- 
non. 

Beaver Dam, Bladen County.' — Enjoy spiritual communion; lament 
the loss of their esteemed Brother, George VV, Melvsn; and have been 
much editied under (he ministry of Elder W. Ayers. 

Beaver Dam, Cohtmhus County. — Speak in cheering terms of their 
meetings. They have had the services of Elder Z. Bullock. 

Bear Swamp. — Have large and attentive congregatior.s. They trust 
the day is near at hand that will bring about a Revival. Elder W. 
Ayers has been their spiritual instructer. 

Big Branch. — Brotherly love seems to abound. Elder F. Prevatt 
was their supply. 

Brier Branch — Communicates nothing special. Elder W. Ayers 
was their supply. 

Bethtl. — Speak in aiTectiiig terms of the loss of their Pastor, Elder 
Jonathan Davis, and his l)Osora companion. 

Bethlehem. — This Church is uiiiieted with difficulties. Elder Abel 
King is their Minister. 

Cedar Creek — Communicates nothing cheering. They have had 
the services of Elder H. Woodward. 

Cross Roads. — "Have Ijeen laboring under considerable coldness and 
ditilculties; but are happy to state that peace and union exist amongst 
us at present." Elder E, Davis was their supjtly. 

Cheerful Hope. — Enjoy the labors of Elder G. W. Lennon, and are 
at peace among themselves. 

Cape Fear. — 'Preseut nothing cheering; iiave been under the care of 
Elder J. F, McCall. 

Concord. — Elder H. Woodward is their Pastor. Thej have had a 
refreshing season in spiritual things. 

Ebenezer. — Ti)ey are surrounded by spiritual enemies, yet they re- 
main in a cold state. They have had the services of Brethren J. F. 
McCall and Alfred R. Rogers. 

Fayetleville. — "We have been pei'mitted to take our harps down 
from the willows and tune them anew to the praises of our God. Our 
Church is again open, and under the Pastoral care of our beloved 



11 

Brother Jolui J. Brantly, wlio, in the administration of the Word of 
God, leaches sound and wholesome doctrine. The many difficulties 
v/ith which we have had to contend have been removed, and we enjoy 
peace and harmony. Our Prayer Meetinc^s are attended with a deeper 
interest apparently than heretofore. Our Sabl)alh School still continues 
Jiutnbering about 40 Scholars, 10 Teachers, a Superintendent and Li- 
brarian, and a Library of about 1000 volumes selected reading matter." 

Honey Camp. — Speak o( peace, love and harmony. Elder John Lee 
is their Pastor. 

Hickory Grove.. — Coldtiess abounds. Elder E. Davis has been their 
regular Pastor from the time of constitution to the present. "We have 
now dismissed him." 

Iron Hill X Roads. — Have nothing special to communicate further 
than love abounds. Elder A. King is their supply. 

Mount Pisfrah, Robeson County. — From their Letter we can learn 
nothing of their spiritual condition. 

Mount. Pisgah, Bi-tinsicick County. — Appear to be on the advance, 
but lament the loss of their Deacon, Brother Anthony Clemmons. A. 
King is their supply. 

Mount Eliam. — All in peace. Elder J. Stone is their Pastor. 

Mount Tnbor. — Rather still. Elder Z. Bullock is their supply. 

Macedonia. — They say nothing about their spiritual condition, fur- 
ther than they have no Pastor. They have had ti few sermons of El- 
der J. F. Mc'Call. 

Mount Zion, N. C. — This Churrh has experienced some coldness, 
but is looking for better days. Elder H. Lennon served them. 

•Ne.w Britain. — They seem to be at peace, and hope that the seed 
already sown may yet vegetate and bring forth much tVuit. They en- 
joy the ministry of Elder J. Bennett. 

Pleasant Grove. — Have had some accessions; peace and harmony 
aboiuids. They say nothinir about their Pastor. 

Providence. — Have had large and attentive congregations under the 
tninistiy of Elder John Monroe, and cherish the hope that a glorious 
harvest will yet result. All in peace and In love. 

Porter Svaiup. — Complain of coldness and barrenness. Ero. A. R. 
Riigerf; served theni. 

Rocljish. — Have gained Ijut little ground since their organization. 
Elder Roi)ert iVlcNald* is their Pastor. 

Spriu'^ Branch. — Abound in peace. Congregations large. Elder 
Z. Bullock is their Pa.st(»r. 

Shalnate. — Write but liftle of interest — have no Pastor. Elder J. 
Bennett has regularly attended them. 

Slurroii. — Seem stationary. Elder \. King is their Pastor. 

Shiloh. — Elder W, Ayers has ministered to them in holy things, 
which has resulted in an advancement in spirituality. 

Simpson's Creek. — Acknowledge that there has been much unplea. 
santness, hut peace is restored. Elder A. King is their supply. 

Saddle Tree. — Continue stationary. Elder F. Prevatt is their Pastor. 

Western Pronsj;. — Peace and union exist, 'i'hey are under the care 
of Elder H. Lennon. 



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While Lake.— They communicate nothing of interest. Elder D. B. 
Ayers labored for them. 

Respectfully submitted. 

JOHN M. BEASLEY, Chairman. 

..- . ■ ' 

REPukT oh fecial Changes in the Association. 

The Committee on Special Changes report, that there have been 
three deaths in our bounds in the past year. These were Brethren 
conspicuous in their several Churches, each well calculated to promote 
our cause. The first lof these is Bro. Anthony Clcmons, of Mt. Pisgali 
Church, Brunswick- County, who was a Deacon of that Church, and 
one too that emerged fromllie grossest darkness, and a strong exempli- 
fication of the power of our most holy religion. 

The next is our, Bro. G. VV. Melvin. Judging from the letter an- 
nouncing his death, he was a conspicuous member of that bod}', and 
one whose death was greatly regretted. 

The third is Bro. Jonathan Davis, of the Bethel Church, Brunswick 
County. He died on the 15th of September, and his wife on the 14th, 
the day before. He was a native of Wales, and came to this country 
soon after his maturity. .He was principally engaged in the editing and 
publishing religious tracts and books, the principal of which were the 
kjermons of Christmas Evans. He had had the charge of the Bethel 
Church one year as Pastor, and the duties of his station he performed 
to the satisfaction 01= all his Brethren, and gained the esteem of all dis- 
criminating minds. He possessed a strong and vigorous mind, which 
had been enlarged by a liberal education, but wanting in bodily pow- 
ers; he consequently did not arrive to that fame which would have been 
otherwise the case, had his strength been equal to his zeal. He was 
like his great Master, "Inured to poverty and pain," and a "Suffering 
life" this good man "lived,'' yet not a murmur escaped him — ever look- 
ing to his great reward. - 

ROBT. M. McRACKAN, Chairman. 

REPORT of CommiUfe on. Southern Baptist Publication Society. 

Your Committee are- af^tlie opinion, that in this day of religious light 
and knowledge, every„caiidid.mincl,, upon a .moment's reflection, must 
be convinced of the greatHmportance and necessity of the diffusion of 
religious instruction. throughout our? land; and they feel it a matter deep. 
ly to be lamented, that whilst oyr eountry is flooded with presses tfem- 
ing with the popular topics (if the day, sq few, comparatively speaking, 
are devoted to the sacred wo-tk of shedding the hallowed influences of 
morality and divine truth over the depraved minds of the reading pul)Iic. 

They believe that past experience fully testities, that sometliing is 
needed to give impetus to the more proper and due consideration of this 
matter; and whilst they regret not being in the possession of the in- 
formation desirable to make a suitable report, they beg leave, in con- 
elusion, respectfully to urge, as a valid reason for united action and vig- 
orous effort, the dissolution of the Union which once ej^isted between 



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the North and the South in this great enterprize; that having assumed 
the name of the Southern Baptist Puhlication Society, it may exerl an 
influence, not to l)e surpassed by the North, and therel)y reflect a last- 
ing credit to the States which it represents. 

All of which is respectfully sufjmitted. : ^ 

R. MgOAJ^L, Chairman. 

REPORT on Minutes and Letters of Cori-espondivg Associations. 

Your Committee on examining Minutes and Letters of Corresj)ond- 
ing Associations, ask leave to report: 

That from the Welch Neck Associntion we have no intelligence. 
We have orJly received a package of Minutes from the Union Associa- 
tion of 1846, which was noticed in our Minutes of that date. 
' From the Pee Dee Association, we can learn hut little of their 
spiritual condition; hut judge from the character of rheir reports, that 
there is much coldness in their Churches. Their Association appears 
to be conducted with a commendable spirit, and have appended to iheir 
Minutes a Circular "On consecration to tlu^ service of the living God," 
written with an eye single to the glory of God. • '^ * 

Respectfully submitted.^ 

JNO. M. J3YR\E, Chaiiinan. 



BOARD OF DOMESTIC MISSIONS. ^ 

"* - 

The Board of Domestic Missions was called to* order by Bro. H. 
Lennon. , 

Bro. John Smith was called to the Chair. ■ 

Appointed Brethren J. M. Beasley, Wm. Ayers, and S. T. Stana- 
land, a Committee of Finance. 

The following individuals and Churches came forward and paid the 
sums to their names annexed:.- 



4-' 



Fayetteville Church, 
Matthew Autry, 
Beaver Dam Ch., Bladen, 
Menses Warwick, 
Macedonia Church, 
Samuel Dusenberry, 
'J'hos. W. Westcoat, 
C. Little, 
John Smith, 
Wm, Frink, 



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5 


00 


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00 


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00 


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00 




50 


5 


00 


3 


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-5 


00 


5 


00 



John F. MoCall, 
Duncan Bullard,, ,' 
Sam'l ']\ Stanalaud, 
R. D. Hewett, :.■ , . 
AI)sa!om Powell,,. . ^ 
^'illiam Ayei's, . 
Tknoh Thompson, 
New Britain Church, 
Shi^oate Church, 
Providence Church, 





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00 




1 


00 




5 


00 




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00 


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5 


00 




2 


50 




.5 


00 




5 


00 




5 


00 


John 


Smith, 



Elected tlie following Officers for the ensuing year, viz: 
President; Ijaynes Lennon, Secretary and TiTasurer. 

Executive Committee for last year repoited. Report received and 
Committee di.-cliarijed. ' 

Invited Elder VV. H. Jordnn to a seat with us. 

Committee of Finance rej)oited ^95 in their hands. 

Ordered that the Financial Committee pay over to the Treasurer of 
this Board the sum stated in their Report. 



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Ordered that tlse Treasurer settle, out of the funds on hand, all ar- 
rearages due liy this Board to Elders John F. MoCail and D. li. Ajers. 

Appointed H. Lennon, John G. Poivell, and R. M. McRackan, an 
Executive Coinnjittee, to whom shall he referred the employment of an 
Itinerant. 

Agreed that the Itinerant be allowed 81 per day. 

Agreed that tlie unfinished Ijusiness be referred to the Officers and 
Exect^tit'e Coma^.ittee of this Board. 

Adjourned to time and place of the next Session of Cape Fear Asso- 
ciation. 

JOHx\ SMITH, Preset. 

HAYNES LEXXON, Sec'y. 

REPORT of Treasura- of Domestic Jlisnon Board. 



Oct. 1847. To cash of Fi^incia! Committee, ' 

" " of Treasurer of C. F. Association, 



CONTRA. 

Oct. 1847. By this am't overpaid J. F. iMcCall's 

receipt of Oct. 11^46, 
" " casSt paid J. F. McCall, to lialance, 
" " this am't overpaid I), Ji. Ayers's le- 

oeipt of Oct. 184fi, 
" " cash paid D. B. A_yers, to balance, 
" do. now in Treasury, 



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S95 


00 


41 


07 



$136 67 



$w 


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54 


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10 


4.") 


38 


30 


17 


6:> 



SI 36 67 



HAYNES LENNOX, Treasurer. 
BIBLE SOCIETY. 



The Society was called to order liy Bro. John Smith, Secretary of 
last Session, xvho also wsis appointed to the Chair, and Bro. II. Len- 
non Secretary tlir (he titne iK'infi. 

App(/inted Breiliren Zadoc Bullock and H. Mc\lpin a Committee of 
Finance. 

Tiie foUou'ing is a list of the members, with their contributions: 
Ilaynes Lennon, 
(ril^ ^Villiams, 
Moses Wiirwick, 
H. iVIcAlpin, 
Zndok Biillock, 
Henry Eazor, (prepaid,) 

SIO 00 

Prix-eedeJ tt> the election of OfKcers, which resulted as follows, viz: 
' Joiiu Smith, President; J. M. Beasley, 1st Vice President; Moses War- 
u'ick, 2d Vice J-ro.sident: Hiiyiies Len)!on, Secretary and Treasurer. 



^i 


00 


Randal !\Ic])Mniel, 


^2 


00 


1 


00 


"J. M. Brasley, 


1 


00 


1 


00 


Samuel Diiseii berry, 


1 


00 


1 


00 


John Smith, 


1 


00 




.50 


Alfred Bennett, 




50 



.15 

Fin;inci'al Conin)itteo reported the above amount of <'$10,"ancf v,'a« 
discharged by their ptiying it to the Treasurer. 

Ordered tliat the Treasurer forward the funds collected to the Trea- 
surer of the State Bil)le Society. 

Agreed that Bretliren H. Lennon and W. Ayers be appointed Dis- 
tributive Agents in this Association. 

Agreed that the Agents ]»e authorized to rej)lentsh, if necessary* 
Adjourned to lime and place of the next Cape Fear Association. 

JOHN SMITH. FresichnL 
J. M. BEASLEY, \st V. P. 
M. VV All WICK, 2d V. P. 
HAYNES LENNON, Sec'ij. 

REPORT of CommUtee of Examination of ApfJkants for Ordination. 

The Committee, after an examination conducted as well as the lim- 
ited time allowed, report that, though they tiifd nothing to constitute a 
valid objection to the clain^s of any of the applicants tor Ordination, 
they have agreed to recommend two of the Brethren for Ordination — 
Brother Smith, from the Beaver Dann, and Brotlwir ^IcAIpin, from the 
Rockfish Churches. Resoeetfully submitted. 

JOHN J. BRANTLY, Chairman. 

REPORT of Financial Committee. 

Received t'rom (he Churches this year, $61 65 

Sabbath collection for Missions, 23 52 



$85 17 



Respectfully submitted. 

JOHN M. BEASLEY, 

REPORT of Treasurer of Cape Fear Association. 

Received from Committee of Finance, $S5 17 

Paid forj'rinting Minutes of 1847, $28 50 

Paid Clerk for transcriljing, &:c. 15 00 

Paid Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board, 41 67 

$85 17 

HAYNES LENNON, Treasurer, 



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Ministers^ Names and their Post Office Address, 

■l. 

William A^^ei's, Allea's Bridge, Marion District, S. C. 
])arius B. Ayf rs, do. do. 

Alfred Rogers, ilo. do. 

Samuel Dusenberry, do. do. 

Furney Prevatt, Leesville, Robeson County, N. C. 
John F. McCall, do. do. 

Wm. B. Ballard, do. dn. 

William Bledsoe, do. do. 

Isham Stone, Luniberton, do. 

Norman Martin, Gaddysville, do. 

Duncan Bullard, Elizabeth Town, Bladen County, N. C, 
\ Thomas Smith, do. do. 

James Cashuxll, do. do. 

R. Fisher, do. do. 

George W. Hill, White Marsh, Columbus County, N. C. 
Joel Little, do. do. 

Joel Bennett, do. do. 

iTohn Meares, Gum Swamp, do. 

George Parker, Big Swamp, do. 

k Hayiies Lennon, do. do. 

Zadok Bullock, Fair Bluff, . do. 

Benjamin Ward, Whiteville, do. 

David J. Raj/, do. do. 

George W. Lennon, Robeson's P. O., Brunswick County, N. C. 
E. Smith, do. do. 

C. Little, , do. do, 

A. King, Little River, S. C. • 

John Lee, Conwayborough, S. C. 
Richard Prince, do. do. 

William Mints, Shaloate, Brunswick County. N. C. 
Robert McNabl), Fayetteville, N. C. 
Matthew Autry, dd. 

W31, Hollijngswoeth, do. 

Hezekiah Woodward, Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 
Jordan H. Cobb, St. Paulas, N. C. , 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-FOURTH SESSION 



OP THE 



Cape JPear Baptist •Issociation^ 



HELD AT 



IVESTERIV PROIVCJ 

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N. C, 

October a0th/21st, IM, 2^d, 



FAYETTKVILLE r 

FRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE:: 

1849, 



MINUTES. 



FRIDAY, October 20, 1848. 

At the opening of the session, a discourse was delivered by W. Ayers, 
on iii. John, 4th v.: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my chil- 
dren walk in the truth." 

Al, 12 o'clock, M., the Association convened for business, under the 
direction of John Smith. 

The Throne of Grace was addressed, and the Divine direction and 
blessing invoked by H. McAlpin. 

Letters from the Churches were then called for, and Delegates' names 
enrolled, as follows: 

COUNTIES, CHURCHES, AND DELEGATES'^ NAMES. 

KOBESON COUNTY. 
Aehpole — William Ayers, E. Pitman,* Jo. Thompson.* 
Antioch — George Warwick, Moses Meares, John Israel. 
Ebenezer — 

Big Branch — Wm. B. Bullard, Moses Warwick, Willis Barnes. 
Mount Eliani — Isham Stone, Samuel Stone, Jacob Britl. 
Mount Pisgah — John B. Tliompson, Anderson Townsend, A. J. Tliompsoiu* 
Saddle Tree — Furnev Prevatt, Elias Davis, James A. Rozier. 
Providence — Jordan H. Cobb, Angus McMillan. 
Pleasant Grove — Norman Martin, Archibald Griffin.* 

BLADEN COUNTY. 
Beaver Dam — Thomas Smith, Reuben Fisher, Averitt Hall. 
Brier Branch — -Tlieophilus Tatom,* A. Cain, Daniel Register. 
Hickory Grove — Robert M. Sessums, Eweii Johnson,* Allen Edwards. 
Shiloh — John Monroe, Wm. Young, John Smith. 
White Lake — Darius B. Ayeus, James Carrol,* James Black well. 

COLUMBUS COUNTY. 
Beaver Dam — James Hinson, Gallon Souls,* Stafford Summerset. 
Cherry Grove — William Strickland, Isham Strickland, J. H Buffkiug. 
Cross Roads — John E. Lennon, John M. Leniion, Curtis Fields. 
Iron Hill X Roads — J. W. Gore, Wm. J- Hickman,* Edward Hickmau.* 
Macedonia — N. L. Williamson, Wm. W. Brown, William Bledsoe. 
Mount Moriah — Musteen Formyduval. 

Mount Tabor — Benjamin Harrelson, Elijah Phipi^s, Jesse Hinson.* 
Mount Zion — David J. Ray, Charles P. Woodell, D. D. Swindoll. 
Pleasant Plains — George W. Hill, Matthew G. Sasser, M. Long. 
Porter Swamp— John G. Powell, A. F. Powell, Daniel Coleman. 
Seven Creeks — Needham Stevens, Jonathan Gore. 
Westeru Prong — Richard Woolen, Haynes Lennon, James C. Powell. 

BRUNSWICK COUNTY. 
Bethel — George Wescoat, Lewis Wescoal,* Robt. M. McRackan. 
Beulab — Daniel Slanatand, Isaac Hickman. 

Cheerful Hope — George VV. Lennon, Ezekiel Smith, Hugh Smith- 
Mill Creek- 
Mount Piegah — Anthony B. Clemmons,* George Clemmons,* John Holdea.. 
^ew Britain — John Russ, Elheldred Bozoman,* Joel Bennett.* 
Shaloate— Henry Mints, Wm. W. Stanaland, J. W. Mints,* 
Uuiou — Ciinrles V. Fulwood, Robert Woodsides. 



CUMBERLAND COUNTY. 
Cape Fear — William Hollingsworth, Charles B. Tyson, James Butler. 
Cedar Creek— Uavid T. Averitt, Daniel L. Smith, William C. West. 
Concord — Matthew Autrey, G. Faircloth,* William H. Melvin. 
Fayetteville — John J. Brantly, John M. Beasley, Thomas McDaniel. 
Rockfish — Hugh McAlpin, John IMusslewhite,* Thomas H. Massey. 

MARION DISTRICT, S. C. 
Bear Swamp — Samuel Dusenberry, Noel Bullock, Michael Watsou. 
Saw Mill— 

HORRY DISTRICT, S. C. 
Bethlehem- George W. Ward, Richard M. Todd,* William Spivey.* 
Buck Creek — By Letter. 

Good Hope — John Lee,* Hezekiah Cartwright.* 
Honey Camp — Felix Powell, Richard Prince,* Noah Blanton. 
Mount Zion — William Edge, Daniel Lee,* William L. Dubois.* 
Sharon — Abel King, Cliistntitt Todd, Joseph B. Edge.* 
Simpson's Creek — William A. Elardie, Williain E. Gore,* William Hugiia. 
Spring Branch — Zadok Bullock, John Grainger, Ellas Tyler. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of Officers, which 
resulted as follows: — John Smith, Moderator; Haynes Lennon, Clerk 
and Treasurer; Robert M. McRackan, Assistant Clerk. 

Appointed as a Committee of Finance — John M. Beasley, A. F. 
Powell, and N. L. Williamson. 

On motion, the reading of the Letters was called for, and the Assist- 
ant Clerk proceeded to read. [^For Contents, see Digest.] 

Newly constituted Churches* were then solicited to present their 
Letters, whereupon. Mount Carmel, Brunswick County; Pleasant Hill, 
Columbus County; and Piney Grove, Cumberland County, N. C, pre- 
sented Letters, were examined, admitted into the Association as con- 
stituent members, and the Delegates received the right hand of tellow- 
ship. 

Invited Corresponding and Visiting Brethren to seats: Duncan Mon- 
roe and Neill Leitch, from the Pee Dee; and H. E. Royal, G. W. Wal- 
lace, and Nathan Askew, from the Union Association, accepted seats. 

Unanimously agreed, that Samuel Mims be invited to a seat in this 
Association. 

The Moderator then announced the following Committees: To select 
Preachers for the Stage during the Session — Richard Wooten, H. Len- 
non, R. M. McRackan, J. M. Beasley, and J.Ellis: On Arrangements 
— H. Mc.\lpin, H. Lennon, and R. M. McRackan: Special Changes 
in the Association — D. B. Ayers, M. Autrey, and L Stone: Digest of 
the State of Religion as indicated in the Church Letters — A. F. Pow- 
ell, J. M. Beasley, and J. Monroe: Examination of Applicants for Or- 
dination— J. J. Brantly, W. Ayers, and G. VV. Wallace: Bible Socie- 
ty — John Smith, John G. Powell, and R. Wooten: Selection of Corres- 
ponding Messengers to sister Associations — J. Thompson, E. Smith, 
and J. W. Gore: Ministerial Education — J. M. Beasley, J. J. Brantly, 
and M. Autre}'. To write Letter of Correspondence to Pee Dee .Vaso- 

* l^ount Cnrmel — A. S. White, Benjnrnin Caison, 7*hoinas M. Cha(tcrtOB. 

Pleasant Hill — John Frink, Thomas Thompson. 

Piney Grove— Samuel Caiu, Joshui). Titylor, D. Burronghs. 



'ciation — John G. Powell: To Welch Neck — R. M. McRackan: To 
Union — J. J. Brantly. 

Adjourned to to-morrow morning, 9 o'clock. • 

Prayer by Bro. Wallace. 

SATURDAY MORNING. 

Session opened with prayer by N. Askew. 

Committee of Arrangements reported. Report received and Com- 
jnittee discharged. 

Committee to visit Beulah Church reported favorably, and was dis- 
charged. 

Committee to collect materials preparatory to writing a Biographical 
Sketch of the departed Ministry, presented the annexed Report: 

"That they have diligently sought the required information, and as 
yet have not been able to obtain enough to give ample satisfaction; yet 
they deem it advisable that this Association should appoint some Bro- 
ther to prepare said Sketch, and present to the next Session of this As- 
sociation." 

On motion, W. Ayers, H. Lennon, S. Mims, and Joel Reaves were 
appointed a Committee to write the above mentioned Sketch. 

Resolved, That each member of this Association interest himself in 
giving the above Committee all the information that can be obtained 
relative to each departed Minister. 

Committee to visit the Good Hope Church reported, that a change 
for the better had been wrought in this Church, as would fully appear 
from their Letter. Report received and Committee discharged. 

Appointed F. Prevatt, H. Lennon, and W. Ayers a Committee, to 
whom the condition of the Ebenezer and Saw Mill Churches shall be 
referred, and to report during the Session. 
- Agreed that the Clerk be allowed $15 for his services. 
• Voted, that the next Session of this Association be held at Big 
Branch, Robeson County, N. C, to commence Friday before 4th Lord's 
Day in October 1849: E. Davis to preach the Introductory Sermon at 
10| o'clock A. M. — H. McAlpin his alternate. 

Appointed H. Lennon to preach the 12 o'clock Sermon on Sabbath, 
and W. Ayers his alternate. 

Committee appointed to investigate the condition of the Saw Mill 
and Ebenezer Churches made the following Report: 

"Your Committee are of opinion, that it would* be to the interest of 
the members of Saw Mill Church, to dissolve at a period as early as 
practicable, and unite themselves to Churches of greater strength. 

"Relative to the Ebenezer Church, we are of opinion, that a Com- 
mittee of disinterested Ministers should be sent to confer with, and ad- 
vise the adoption of siich measures as in their wisdom comports with 
Gospel order." 

Appointed E. Davis, W. Ayers, and F. Prevatt, a Committee to car- 
■ry out the design of so much of the above Report as relates to the Ebe- 
nezer Church. 

Agreed to suspend the business of the Association for the necessary 
space of time for holding a session of the Board of Domestic Missions. 



Resumed the business of the Association. 

Committee on examining applicants for Ordination reported favorable 
to the Ordination of Reuben Fisher, from Beaver Dam Church, Bladen 
County. 

Committee to select Correspondents to sister Associations handed in 
the following: 

To Welch Neck — Jacob Thompson, Norman Martin, and John 
Smith: To Pee Dee— W, Ayers, H. McAipin, and A. F. Powell: To 
Union Association — D. B. Ayers, J. VV. Gore, and H. McAlpin. 

Resolved, That the Churches composing this Association set apart 
the first Friday in April next as a day of Fasting and Prayer, for a re- 
vival of Religion in this Association. 

Adjourned to Monday morning, 10 o'clock. 

Prayer by G. W. Lennon. 

SABBATH. 

The day was remarkably pleasant, and a large congregation was in 
attendance. The services were opened by G. W. Wallace, with a dis- 
course founded on 1 Kings, x. chapter and 7th verse: "And behold, the 
half was not told me." J. J. Brantly preached the Missionary Sermon, 
from Heb., xiii. cha|)ter and 16th verse: "But to do good and to com- 
municate, forget not." At the close of this discourse, a collection was 
taken up. After the lapse of fifteen minutes, W. Ayers addressed the 
congregation, from Rev., i chapter, 15th verse: "And he had in his 
right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged 
sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." — 
The anxious were then invited, and prayer for them was offered by N. 
Askew. The Ministry seemed to be clothed with power, and the con- 
gregation was affected to an extraordinary degree. This day will not 
soon be forgotten by many. 

MONDAY MORNING. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by F. Prevatt. 

Committee on Special Changes reported. Report received and or- 
dered to be appended to these Minutes. 

Committee on the Digest of Religion, as stated in the Letters, asked 
further time to complete their labors. 

Agreed that the above Report be submitted to the inspection of J. J. 
Brantly and H. Lennon, prior to going to press. 

Committee on Bible Society was continued, and their Report to be 
submitted to the above named Committee of examination. 

Corresponding Letters to Pee Dee and Union Associations, were 
read and received. 

Committee on Ministerial Examination recommended the Ordination 
of George W. Hill, from Pleasant Plains Church. 

Committee on Ministerial Education was continued, and ordered that 
their Report be examined by J. J. Brantly and H. Lennon, prior to 
publication. 



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The following Quere was then presented and discussed by several 
Brethren, but closed very harmoniously: 

Quere — Is it in accordance with the usage of our denomination, in 
granting Letters of Dismission, to bind the applicants to attach them- 
selves to any particular Church, and to specify it in the Letters? 

Answer — It is in accordance with Baptist usage, when the individual 
knows the place of his intended location, in applying for a Letter of 
Dismission, to have said location specified in the Letter; but when he 
does not know the place of locatioti, Letters are given to any Church of 
the same faith and order. 

Agreed, that in the event the Domestic Mission Board should appoint 
a Missionary to labor in the bounds of this Association, thai if he should 
at any time during the year deem it advisable to solicit a council of 
Ministers to aid him in resuscitating any Church or Churches, that the 
Ministry are hereby requested to assist him at any time or times, for 
effecting said object. 

Agreed to suspend business for the holding of a session of the Bible 
Society. 

On reassembling, ordered that 1500 copies of these Minutesbe printed. 

Committee of Finance reported. Rej»ort received and ordered to be 
appended to these Minutes. 

Ordered, that the Committee of Finance pay into the hands of the 
Treasurer the amount of their Report. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer, after defraying the expenses of tran- 
scribing and printing these Minutes, pay tiie residue of funds on hand 
to the Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board in this Association. 

Ordered, that the Clerk furnish the inhabitants of this vicinity with 
as many copies of these Minutes us he may deem advisable. 

Resolved, That the gratitude of this Association be expressed through 
these Minutes, to our friends and Brethren at this Church, for the kind 
and hospitable manner in which they have entertained this Association. 

Agreed to adjourn to time and place above specified. 

Hymn liy J. J. Brantly, and prayer by H. Lennon. 

Thus closed one of the most pacific and harmonious Sessions the As- 
sociation has ever witnessed. 

JOHN SMITH, Moderator. 

HAYxNES LENNON, Clerk. 

II. M. McRACKAN, Assislant Clerk. 



APPENDIX. 



REPORT of Committee of Finance. 

Received from the Churches this year, #74 42 

Sabbath Collection for Missions, 26 00 



$100 42 
Respectfully submitted. 

JOHN M. BEASLEY, Chairman. 

REPORT of Treasurer of Cape Fear Association. 

Received from Committee of Finance, ^100 42 

Paid for Printing Minutes of 1848, $37 00 

Paid Clerk for transcribing, &;c. 15 00 

Paid Treasurer Domestic Mission Boaixl, 48 42 

$100 42 

HAYNES LENNON, Treasurer. 

REPORT on Special Changes in the Association. 

Your Committee have been informed of but three members whose 
merits require notice in our Report: Brother William S. Jessup, who 
had quite recently been ordained Deacon of the Fayetteville Church, 
He departed in the prime of life. The loss of such a brother can only 
be estimated ljy those who knew him best: and while we sympathise 
with the Church, we mourn not as those who have no hope. "Blessed 
are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the 
Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow 
them." 

The Mount Zion Church, Columbus County, has sustained the los3 
of their former Clerk, Brother Joshua Creach, who was well stricken 
in years, and like the fully ripe corn, was ready to be gathered into the 
garner. 

The Mount Moriah Church has also sustained the loss of a most ex- 
cellent member. Brother James Council. He suffered much for seve- 
ral months before his departure, but we trust his afflictions "wrought 
out for him a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." 
Respectfully submitted. 

MATTHEW AUTREY, Chairman. 



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Religious Condition of the Churches, as exhibited in their Letters and 

general Statistics. 

ROBESOJf COU^'TY. 

Aniioch — Is afflicted with no disorders, and has enjoyed some happy 
seasons during the year. Constituted 1817. Pastor, Haynes Lennon. 
Association funds $1 50. Baptised 15; Received by Letter 1; Re- 
stored 4; Dismissed 5; Excluded 3; Died 3; Whites 121; Blacks 10; 
whole No. of members 131. Clerk, John Warwick. Post Office^ 
Lumberton. 

Ashpole. — Some considerable degree of religious feeling has perva- 
ded this Church during the past year, and has finally deepened into a 
revival. Constituted 1793. Pastor, Z. Bullock. Ass'n funds $S 00. 
Baptised 30; Rec'd by Letter 8; Dismissed 0; Restored 3; Excluded 3; 
Died 2; Whites 170; Blacks 30; whole No. 200. Clerk, John R. 
Watson. Post Office, Leesville, N. C. 

Big Branch — Has been visited during the year with some pleasing 
exhibitions of the Divine favor. Prayer meetings are regularly ob- 
served, and a good spirit pervades the Church. Constituted 1829. Pas- 
tor, F. Prevatt. Ass'n funds $2 00. Baptised 10; Rec'd by Letter 1; 
Restored 4; Dismissed 1; Excluded 10; Died 0; whole No. 119. Clerk, 
^Vm. B. Bullard. Post Office, Leesville, N. C. 

Ebenezer. — No representation or Letter from this Church. Consti- 
tuted 1832. 

Mount Eliam — Repoi'ts nothing of importance. Peace prevails,, 
with some slight exception. Constituted 1834. Pastor, nan^e not giv- 
en. Ass'n funds $1 00. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 0; Dismissed 0^ 
Excluded 1; Died 0; whole No. 46. Clerk, James A. Lawson. Post 
Office, Lumberton, N. C. * 

Mount Pisgah. — This Church hag experienced some considerable de- 
gree of awakening and interest during the year. Constituted 1839^ 
Pastor, F. Prevatt. Ass'n funds ^2 00. Baptised 12; Rec'd by Let- 
ter 4; Restored 4; Dismissed 0; Excluded 1; Died 1; Whites 73; Blacks 
18; whole No. 91. Clerk, John B. Thompson. P. O., Lumberton. 

Providence. — This Church is peaceful and harmonious; its Letter re- 
fers with pleasure to the large and attentive congregations who have 
waited on the Ministry, and expresses the hope that the time to favor 
Zion may not be far distant. Constituted 1835. Pastor, J. Monroe^ 
Ass'n funds $1 50. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 2; Restored 0; Dis. 
missed 0; Excluded 0; Died 1; whole No. 48. Clerk, not named. — 
Post Office, St. Paul's, N. C. 

Pleasant Grove — Reports nothing of importance. Has had no regii- 
lar Pastor, but has been supplied by Norman Martin, a Licentiate con- 
nected with the Church. Constituted 1831. Pastor, none. Ass'n' 
funds $1 50. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 0'; 
Excluded 2; Died 1; Whites 54; Blacks 16; whole No. 70. Clei'k, Eli:: 
Bullock. Post Office, Gaddysville, N. C. 

Saddle Tree. — Though fi'ee from open disorders and disagreements, 
this Church remains unblessed by any religious interest, and complains 
efnxuch. coldness.. Constituted 1788. Pastor, F. Prevatt.. Ass'n. funda^ 



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^1 75. Baptised 3; Rec'd by Letter 3; Restored 0; Dismissed 4; Ex- 
cluded 0; Died 0; Wliites 27; Blacks 9; whole No. 36. Clerk, J. A. 
Rozier. Post Office, Lumberton, N. C. 

BLADEN COUNTY. 

Beaver Z?om— Communicates nothing of importance. Is in a peace- 
ful and harmonious state. Has been supplied by F. Prevatt, Thomas 
Smith, Reuben Fisher. Constituted 1803. Pastor, no name given. 
Ass'n funds $2 00. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 4; Restored 0; Dis- 
missed 0; Died 1; Whites 151; Blacks 27; whole No. 178. Clerk, Jas. 
Hall. Post Office, Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 

Brier Branch— -Reporta no unusual religious interest. Constituted 
1844. Pastor, F. Prevatt. Ass'n funds $2 00. Baptised 8; Rec'd by 
Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 7; Excluded 1; Died 1; whole No. 138. 
Clerk, Jonathan Jones. Post Office, Elizaljethtown, N. C. 

Hickory Grove — Communicates no interesting religious intelligence. 
Is without a Pastor and destitute of regular preaching. Constituted 
1834. Ass'n funds $1 00. No accession to the Church and no chan- 
ges during the year. Whole No. members 64. Clerk, Ewen John- 
son. Post Office, Elizabethtown, N. C. 

Shilok — Reports a revival of religion and much cheering intelligence. 
An active and prayerful spirit seems to pervade this Church. Consti- 
tuted 1839. Pastor, Hugh McAlpin. Ass'n funds $3 00. Baptised 
22; Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 0; Excluded 1; Died 1; 
Whites 69; Blacks 38; whole No. 107. Clerk, John Smith. Post 
Office, Prospect Hall, N. C. 

WJiite LaAe— Seems to be comforted and animated by the manifesta- 
tions of the Lord's presence. Constituted 1833. Pastor, D. B. Ayers. 
Baptised 9; Rec'd by Letter 9; Dismissed 3; Excluded 1; Died 0; Whites 
53; Blacks 12; whole No. 65. Clerk, D. H. Washburn. Post Office, 
Elizabethtown, N. C. 

COLUMBUS COUNTY. 

Beaver Dam — Reports that peace and harmony prevail, and that 
some religious interest has been manifested during the year. Consti- 
tuted 1820. Pastor, Z. Bullock. Ass'n funds $1 50. Baptised 8; 
Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 12; Excluded 3; Died 5; 
whole No. 100. Clerk, Everitt Hinson. P. O., Gum Swamp, N. C. 

Cherry Grove — Reports that a religious feeling seems to be growing 
and earnestly prays for its continuance. Constituted ••■ ' ■ ' ' % "''Pastor, Z. 
Bullock, Ass'n fdnds ^1 25. Baptised 6; Rec'd by Letter 2; Restored 
0. No other changes. Whites 23; Blacks 0. Clerk, B. BufFking. 
Post Office, . 

Cross Roads — Reports only that it is free from dissensions and strif©, 
and that a fraternal spirit prevails. Constituted 1800. Pastor, Elias 
Davis. Ass'n funds $2 00. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 
1; Dismissed 3; Excluded 1; Died 3; whole No. 113. Clerk, William 
Lennon. Post Office, Big Swamp, N. C. 

Iron Hill Cross Roads — Coinmunicales nothing of special import- 
ance. Is free from all disturbance. Constituted 1831. Pastor, Abel 
King. Ass'n funds $1 50. Baptised 2; Rec'<^ by Letter 3; Restored 
2 



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0; Dismissed 2; Excluded 0; Died 2; Whites 107; Blacks 12; whole 
No. 119. Clerk, John Meares. Post Office, Gum Swamp, N. C. 

Macedonia — Reports nothing of special interest. Constituted 18.39. 
Pastor, name not given. Ass'n funds $1 50. Baptised 0; Rec'd by 
Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 2; Excluded 0; Died 0; whole No. 12, 
Clerk, N. L. Williamson. Post Office, Porter Swamp, N. C. 
. Mount Moriah, — Not represented, and no Letter. Constituted 1841, 

Mount Tabor — Reports the abounding of peace and brotherly love. 
Constituted 1838. Pastor, J. Lee. Ass'n funds $1 00. Baptised 3; 
Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 0; Excluded 0; whole No, 
(whites) 63. Clerk, Andrew Mills. Post Office, Fair Bluff, S. C. 

Mount Zion — Seems to be in a state of repose. Is without a Pastor, 
Ass'n funds $1 10. Baptised 2; Received by Letter 0; Dismissed 1; 
Excluded 1; Died 1; whole No. 40. Clerk, C. P. Woodell. Post 
Office, Whiteville, N. C. 

Pleasant Hill — A new Church, constituted 18th March, 1848. Pas- 
tor, Z. Bullock. Ass'n funds $1. Baptised 6; Received by Letter 6;. 
whole No. 21. Clerk, John Frink. 

Pleasant Plains — Reports itself to be gradually emerging from a state 
of coldness and apathy. Constituted 1834. Pastor, P. Bennett. Ass'r 
funds ^1 50. Baptised 10; Rec'd by Letter 1; Restored 1; Dismissed 
by Letter 2; Excluded 1; Died 1; Whites 79; Blacks 16; whole No. 95. 
Clerk, M. G. Sasser. Post Office, Whiteville, N. C. 

Porter Swamp — Reports nothing of importance. Constituted 1828, 

Pastor, H. Lennon. Ass'n funds $1 50. Baptised 0; Received by 

Letter 1; Restored 0; Dismissed 1; Excluded 2; Died 1; Whites 69; 

Blacks 40; whole No. 109. Clerk, D. F. Williamson. Post Office, 

' Porter Swamp. 

■ Seven Creeks — Reports a revival during the year, and the prevalence 
of peace and union at present. Constituted 1803. Pastor, J. Lee. 
Ass'n funds $2. Baptised 16; Received by Letter 0; Restored 1; Dis- 
missed 0; Excluded 0; Whiles 69; Blacks 8; whole No. 77. Clerk, 
John Long. Post Office, Gum Swamp, N. C. 

Western Prong — Reports nothing of special importance. Meetings 

on Sabbath generally well attended. Constituted 1843. Pastor, Haynes 

Lennon. Ass'n funds $1 57|. Dismissed 1. No other changes du- 

. ring the year. No. ot members not given in the Letter. Clerk, Jas. 

C Powell. Post Office, Western Prong, N.-C. 

" BRUNSWICK; COUNTY. 

: Bethel — Reports some accessions, and a Sabbath School commenced. 
Constituted 1839. Pastor, Wm. Ayers. Ass'n funds not reported in 
Letter. Baptised 4; Received bv Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 0; 
Excluded 2; Died 0; Whites 51; Blacks 11; whole No. 62. Clerk, R. 

-■M. McRackan. Post Office, Smithviile, N. C, 

" Beulah — Reports the removal of the difficulties hitherto existing, and 
the establishment of peace and good order. Constituted 1837. Pastor, 
Aijel King. Ass'n funds $1. Baptised 3; Received by Letter 0; Re- 
stored 1; Disnrissed 10; Excluded 0; Died 3; whole No. not given. 
Clerk, Wm. Matthews. Post Office, Little River, S. C. 

Cheerful Hope. — No special report of the state of religion. Frons 



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the number of accessions during the year the Church seems to be ad- 
vancing. Constituted 1839. Pastor, G. W. Lennon. Ass'n funds 
$1 2.5. Baptised 16; Rec'd bv Letter 0; Restored 1; Dismissed 0; 
Excluded 1; whole No. 50. Clerk, C. J. By v. Post Office, Taylor's 
P. O., N. C. 

Mill Creek. — No delegation and no Letter. Constituted 1820. 

Mount Carinel. — A new Church. Constituted Sept. 25, 1848. Pas- 
tor, Abel King. Ass'n funds $1 50. Whole No. 15. Clerk, Thos. 
M. Chatferton. Post Office, Shaloate, N. C. 

Mount Pisgah — Communicates nothing of particular importance. 
Constituted 1838. Pastor, Abel King. Ass'n funds $1. Baptised 12; 
Received by Letter 0; Restored 2; Dismissed 11; Excluded 2; Died 0; 
Whites 89; Blacks 21; whole No. 110. Clerk, A. B. Clemmons. Post 
Office, Smithville, N. C. 

New Brifain — Seems to be making no progress. Reports the exist- 
ence of peace and love. Constituted 1804. Pastor, J. Bennett. Ass'n 
funds S 2. Baptised 1; Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 5; 
Excluded 0; Died 0; Whites 136; Blacks 11; whole No. 147. Clerk, 

Shaloate — Would seem not to be wholly stationary. Constituted 
1837. Pastor, J. Bennett. Ass'n funds $1 50. Baptised 9; Rec'd 
by Letter 1; Restored 1; Dismissed 10; Excluded 0; Died 1; Whites 
71; Blacks 13; whole No, 84. Clerk, Jas. C. Busport. Post Office, 
Shaloate, N. C. 

Union — Has nothing of special interest to report. Has been sup- 
plied by the Itinerant, Wm. Ayers. Ass'n funds $1. Baptised 6; Died 
I; no other changes; whole No. of members 20. Clerk, R. Woodside. 

CUMBRELAXD COUNTY. 

Cape Fear — Reports a revival of religion during the past year, and 
still going on. Many have been added to the Church, and many more 
are waiting to receive the Ordinance of Baptism. Constituted 1794. 
Pastor, Hugh McAlpin. Ass'n funds $2 75. Baptised 22; Rec'd i)y 
Letter 4; Restored 1; Dismissed 4; Excluded 1; Died 3; Whites 92; 
Blacks 54; whole No. 146. Clerk, Jas. Butler. P. O., FayetteviUe. 

Cedar Creek — Reports serious difficulties as existing heretofore in 
the Church, but now happily removed. Constituted 1844. Pastor, 
none; supplied by F. Prevatt. Ass'n funds $2. Baptised 3; Rec'd by 
Letter 8; Restored 0; Dismissed 6; Excluded 3; Died 1; Whites 70; 
Blacks 2; whole No. 72. Clerk, M. H. Sewell. P. O., FayetteviUe. 

Concord — Reports nolhingf of interest. Constituted 1844. Pastor, F. Prevatt. 
Ass'n fujsds ,$2. Baptised 2; Received by Letter 0; Restored fl; Dismissed 1; Ex- 
cluded 2; Die<l 0; Whites .96; Blacks 2; wliole No. 98. Clerk, M. Autrey. Post 
Office, FayetteviUe. ' 

FayetteviUe — Reports the prevalence of coldness and apathy. Has suffered a ee- 
srere ioss iu the death of one of its Deacons, Wm. S. Jessilp, a man universallj^ie- 
*;pected iu the cointtiunity, and still more revered in the Churclt. Constituted 1842. 
Pastor, jf. J. Brantlv. Ass'n funds |;3 00. Baptised 4; Rec'd by Letter 4; Restored 
fl; Dismissed 19; Excluded 11; Died 4; whites 164; Blacks 98; whole No. 262. Cleik, 
John IVI. Beasley. Post Office, FayetteviUe. 

Five Grove — A new Church. Constituted April 22d, 1848. Seems to haVe been 
advancing since its formation. Pastor, D. B. Ayers. Ass'n funds ^1 50. Baptised 
11; Received by Letter 2; Restored 0; Dismissed 0; Excluded 0; Died .1; wholw No. 
STL CJerk, Samuel Cain, Post Office, FayetteviUe. ■ i'^"'-'* 



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Little BocA^^— Reports a steady growth of religious feeling and a revival. Con- 
stituted . Pastor, IJugh McAlpin. Ass'n funds $2. Bajitised 13; Received 

by Letter 7; Restored^O; Dismissed lU; Excluded 0; Died 0; whole No. 48. Clerk, 
George Wilder. Post Office, Fayetteville. 

MARION DISTRICT, S. C. - 

Bear Swamp — Seems to be r^'joicing in the manifestations of the Divine favor. 
Constituted 1831. Pastor, Sani'l Dusenberry. Ass'n funds $2. Baptised 9: Rec'd 
i)y Letter 4; Restored 0; Dismissed 4; Excluded 1; Died 5; Whites 156; Blacks 19; 
whole No. 175. Clerk, Wm. H. Hays. Post Office, Allen's Bridge, S. C. 

Saw Mill. — Not represented. Constituted 1810. 

HORRY DISTRICT, S. C. 

Bethlehem — Rejoices in a considerable revival of religion during the year. Con- 
stituted 1844. Pastor, Abel King. Ass'n funds $1 OU. Baptised 32; Received by 
Letter 2; Restored 1; Dismissed U; Excluded 1; Died 2; Whiles 50; Blacks 9; whole 
No. 59. Clerk, Jos. J. Todd. 

Buck Creek — Has been in a languishing state for some time, but begins to hope 
for better things. Constituted 1835. Pastor, J. Lee. No delegation, owing to sick- 
ness and other unavoidable circunistances. A.ss'n funds ,$1 00. Baptised 2; Died 
2; — uo other changes. Whites 21; Blacks 6; whole No. 27. Clerk, Isaac G. Long. 
Post Office, Conwayborough, S. C. 

Good Hope — Seems to be somewhat disordered, but less so than formerly. Nature 
cf the disorders not specified. Constituted 1835. Pastor, 'I'lmmas G. Rogers. Ass'n 
funds $1 00. Biiptised 2;— no other changes. Whites 23; Blacks 2; whole No. 25. 
Clerk, Hezekiah Cartwright. Post Office, Conwayborough, S. C. 

Honey Camp — Reports the prevalence of peace, love and harmony. Constituted 
1607. Pastor, John Lee. Ass'n funds 75 cts. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 1; Re- 
stored 0; Dismissed 0; Excluded 2; whole No. male members 35. Clerk, name not 
given. Post Office, Fair Bluff, N. C. 

Mount Zion — Re|)orts that some difficulties have existed heretofore, but that now 
order is restored and love seems to abound. Constituted 1843. Pastor, John Wood- 
ward. Ass'n funds $1. Baptised 3; — no other changes. Whites 28; Blacks 3; 
whole No. 31. Clerk, Wm. L. Dubois. Post Office, Conwayborough, S. C. 

Sharon — Reports some interesting meetings and revivals during the year, but the 
present state is one of coldness. Constituted 1835. Pastor, A. King. Ass'n funds 
.$t 00. Baptised 7; Rec'd by Letter 1; Restored 1; Dismissed 0; Excluded 4; Died 
p; whites 31; Blacks 25; whole No. 56. Clerk, Jos. B. Edge. Post Office, Dogwood 
Neck, Horry District, S. C. 

Simpson's Creek — Reports that an unhappy state of things has existed hitherto, 
but that now peace and good ord«r prevail. Constituted 1830. Pastor. Abel King. 
Ass'n funds .$1 00. Baptised 0; Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 0; Dismissed 1; Exclu- 
ded 0; Died 1; whole No. 52. Clerk, Wm. A. Hardee. Post Office, Conwayboro'. 

Spring Branch — Communicates no interesting intelligence; is in good order and 
united. Constituted 1830. Pastor, Z. Bullock. Ass'n funds ,$2 25. Baptised 1, 
Rec'd by Letter 0; Restored 3; Dismissed 0; Excluded 2; Died 1; Whites 113; Blacks 
iO; Whole No. 123. Clerk, Levi Grainger. Post Office, Fair Bluff, N. C. 

REPORT of Committee on Bible Society. 

If to know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He has sent, be as we are 
assured, "Eternal life," (hen to adopt effectual measures to impart that knowledge to 
others, must be the most genuine exercise of benevolence. In no other way can be- 
nevolence find a more a])|)ropriate exercise, than in aiding to dispel the darkness 
which rests on the mind of man as to his true condition and his best interests; and in 
affording him correct views of his duty to God, and of the Eternal state towards 
whrcb be is tending. This light the Bible gives him; it is the revelation of the will 
of God, and contains that which alone can make man truly great and happy. With- 
out it, he would be doomed to grope amid the darkness of nature, and wander on in 
doubt and fear; with it, light rises to him in the darkness, and there is revealed to his 
eyes "the way and the truth and the life." If it be a part of Christian duty, as it 
undoubtedly is, to impart to others the blessings which we onrselves enjoy, then as- 
euredly the obligation to aid in diffusing the light of the Gospel, and the knowiedg» 



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of God, must rest on every Christian. Your Committee believe that tlie duties of 
Christians to God are but half performed, and their gratitude for his blessings but 
feebly expretaed, until this object be made to occupy a prominent place in their 
prayers, their thoughts, their plans, and their labors. 

JOHN SMITH, Chairman. 

REPORT of Committee on Ministerial Education. 

It is highly important that more enlightened and liberal views should prevail in 
the Cliurches on the subject of Ministerial Education, and that a deeper interest in 
its promotion should be felt. It is impossible, in the narrow limits of a Report lo be 
annexed to the Minutes, to exhibit in detail the reasons which must influence any 
intelligent mind to entertain the opinion jupt expressed. Nothing more can be done, 
tlian to state in general terms the importance of the subject, and the necessity of 
giving it moro attention than heretofore. In the opinion of the Committee, the pre- 
sent condition of society, the greater diffusion of knowledge, and the efforts which 
other denominations, and our own jn some parts of the country, are making to ele- 
vate the intellectual character of the Ministry, make it imperative on us to adopt 
some measures by which the condition of our Ministry in this respect may be im- 
proved. We admit that education and intellectual improvements are not thf only 
requisites to an efficient Ministry; we take it for granted that genuine piety is tlie 
first condition, withoat which all other qualifications are useless. And we also admit 
that God, wl»o shows his independency of human aid by choosing "the foolish things 
of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things to confound the things that 
are mighty," is perfectly able to promote His religion, and establish His kingdoin 
without the assistance of what we call a talented and educated Ministry. But the 
question is, is it not nevertheless our duty to improve the condition of our .Ministry in 
these respects? God has chosen to commit to human instrumentality the wovk of 
extending the blessings of salvation, and building u[) His Church on earth. If thin 
be so, is it not clearly our duly to make this instrumentality as efficient as possiblt^, 
to employ all the means in our power to give it the greatest possible strength and 
effectiveness? The work is a spiritual one, and as such requires pious spiritually- 
minded men to perform it. It is also an intellectnal work, and as such requires in- 
tellectual men. No system of education will make spiritually-minded men, but in 
order to have an intelligent, able and influential Ministry, it must be educated. It 
is wholly impossible for any one lo know the extent and range o-f his own powers, 
except by means of literary cultivation. What we are must remain in a good degree 
a secret to ourselves, until the tests of learning are applied to its development. Let 
these fail to be applied, and the mental element, how rich soever, will lie dormant^ 
The Ministry must be educated, then, to give the greatest efficiency to those powers 
by which they expect to operate on men. And besides this, the world is advancing 
in knowledge, society is becoming more intelligent, and if it is necessary for the Min- 
istry to gain the respect of men l)efore they can successfully operate upon them, then 
it is essential tiiat they should not be thought inferior in intelligence and knowledge. 
The Committee earneslly recommend to the Churches to e.xert themselves to the ut- 
most to promote this object. 

JOHN J. BRANTLY, Ch'u Com. 



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BOARD OF DOMESTIC MISSIONS IN CAPE FEAR ASSOCIATION. 

Saturday, October 21, 1848. 

Tho Board was called to order by John Smith. 

Elected Jolin Stiiith, President; Haynes Lemion, Secretary and Treasurer. 
Appointed Jacob Tliornpsoii and T. li. Massey a Committee of Finance. 
The following individuals, Churches and Representatives came forward and paid 
in the sums hereunto annexed: 



Fayetteville Church, 

Miicedonia, 

•Samuel Diisenberry, 

Furney Prevatt, 

Shiloh, 

Ezekiel Smith, 

C Little, 

Cheerful Hope Church, 



$15 00 



Brunswick Co, 



5 
5 
5 
3 
3 
7 
5 
5 
5 
10 
5 



00 
00 
00 
00 
50 
00 
50 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 



New Britain Church, $5 00 

Bethlehem Church, 5 00 

Porter Swamp Ciiurch, 5 00 

Rockfi.sh Church, 5 00 

Simpson's Creek Church, 5 00 

Spring Branch Church, 6 00 

Cape Fear Church, 5 00 
Adm'r of G. W. Melvin's Estate, 5 00 

Daniel Stanaland, . 5 00 

Providence Church, 5 00 

G. W. Lennon, , 5 00 



Mount Pisgah Cii. 

R. M. McRackan, 

Jacob Thompson, 

Sharon Church, 

Shiilodte Church, 5 00 $135 00 

Report of Itinerant was called for, received, and ordered to be appended to these 
Minutes. 

Appointed Samuel Mims, Ezekiel Smith, Daniel Stanaland and John M. Beasley 
a Committee to obtain the services of a Missionary for the ensuing year. 

Committee of Finance reported $135 collected. 

Ordered, that said Committee pay over to the Treasurer of the Board of Domestic 
Missions the amount reported. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer settle with William Ayers according to the tirne spe- 
cified in his Repoit. 

Adjourned to Monday next. 

Monday, 12^ o'clock P. M. 

Committee to obtain services of Missionary for the ensuing year reported that they 
had employed \V. Ayers. 

Agreed that the Missionary be allowed one dollar per'day for his services. 

Appointed H. Lennon, J. G. Powell, and R. M. McRackan, an Executive Coin - 
mittee, to whom shall be referred any unfinished huciness of this Board. 

Adjourned to time and place of the next Session of Cape Fear Association. 

JOHN SMITH, President. 

HAYNES LENNON. Secretary. 



.REPORT of W. Ayers, Missionary in Cape Fear Baptist Association. 

I commenced the dirties assigned me by the Board immediately after the adjourn- 
ment of the Association, and I found the Churches generally in a cold state, owing 
in a great degree to the want of Ministerial labor; while there was anxiety manifest- 
ei(i on the part of the brethren to recover from the state in which they were; the con- 
gregations large, respectable, and attentive; and I found improvement from my en- 
trance, many restored that had been excluded, and from the destitute Churches the 
frtriingest appeals were made to come up to their help. I can say truly, a great im- 
provement is discoverable from the beginning to the end, meeting in regard to the 
Missionary operations no opposition whatever, and leaving the Churches in the best 
condition I have ever known them, — and they heartily desire a continuance of the 
operations. 

I have travelled during the year 278 days, preached 297 sermons, baptised 108 
persons, and assisted in the constitution of one Church in Columbus County called 
PJeasant Hill. I received from Churches, Congregations and individuals, 90 dollars. 



15 

I will conclude this Report by affectionately recommending the Board to conlintie 
the work begun with all the ability possible, conceiving it to be a grand instrument 
in propagating what we as a denomination consider to be truth williout any mixture 
of error. I respectfully and sincerely tender my thanks to the friends and brethren, 
for the kind and hospitable manner with which I have been received, and do sin- 
cerely pray the Great Head of tlie Church, that He may abundantly reward them 
with blessings here and hereafter. 

WILLIAM AYERS. 



REPORT of Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board. 

Remaining on hand last year, 

Collected by Treasurer, 

Received from Committee of Finance, 

Reported by Missionary, 

Received from Treasurer of C. F Association, 



Paid Missionary as per receipt. 
Cash now in hands of Treasurer, 



$17 


62 




26 


25 




135 


00 




90 


00 




48 


42 






^S"?! 7 


S9 






$278 


00 




39 


29 






— 8317 


29 


HAYNES LENNON, 


Treasurer 


". 



BIBLE SOCIETY IN CAPE FEAR ASSOCIATION. 

The Society was called into Session by John Smith. 

Appointed John M. Beasley a Committee of Finance. 

Tlie following persons, or their proxies, came forward and paid in the following 
sums: 

Furney Prevatt, 
Samuel Dusenberry, 
Daniel Stanaland, 
Charles V. Fulwood, 
Chesnult Todd, 
Charles B. Tyson, 
David T. Averitt, 
Elijah Phipps, 
George W. Lennon, 
Thomas Smith, 
Robert Woodsides, 
Haynes Lennon, 

$23 50 
which resulted as follows, viz: John Smith,, 
President; J. M. Beasley, 1st Vice President; Moses Warwick, 2d Vice President; 
Haynes Lennon, Secretary and Treasurer. 

Committee of Finance reported .$23 50, and were discharged by paying It to the 
Treasurer. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer forward the Funds collected to the Treasurer of the 
Stale Bible Society. 

Agreed, That W. Ayers and H. Lennon be appointed Distributive Agents in this 
Association. 

tfnanimously agreed, That the Agents be authorized to replenish, if necessary, 
during the year. 

Adjourned to time and place of holding the next Session of Cape Fear Association. 

JOHN SMI'J'H, President. 
J. M. BEASLEY, \st V.P. 
' ' M. WARWICK, 2d Y. P. 

HAYNES LENNON, Secretary. 



Randall McDaniel, 


$2 00 


John M. Beasley, 


1 00 


Hugh McAlpin, 


1 00 


T. H. Massey, 


1 00 


Zadok Buljock, 


1 00 


John Smith, 


1 00 


Ezekiel Smith, 


2 00 


John Monroe, 


1 00 


Norman Martin, 


1 00 


Samuel Minis, 


1 00 


D. B. Ayers, 


1 00 


Matthew Autrey, 


1 00 


Wynne Nance, 


50 


N. L. Williamson, 


50 


roceeded to the election of 


Officers, w 



$1 


00 




00 




25 




75 




00 




25 




00 




50 




00 




25 




50 




00 



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MINISTERS' NAMES AND THEIR POST OFFICE ADDRESS. 

William Aj'ers, Alien's Bridge"., Marion District, S. C. 
^ Samuel Dusenbery, do. do. 

Furiiey Prevatt, Leesville, Robeson County, N. C. 
Wm. B. B Hilar d, do. do. 

Willia?n Bledsoe, do. do. 

Isliam Stone, Lumberton, do. 

Elias Davis, do. do. 

Norman Martin, Gaddj'sville, do. 
Thomas Smith, Elizabeth Town, Bladen County, N. C. 
James Cashioell, do. do. 

Reuben Fisher, do. do. 

George W. Hill, White Mareh, Columbus County, N. C. 
Joel Little, . do. do. 

Joel Bennett, do. do. 

John Meares, Gum Swamp, do. 

George Parker, Ivey's Bluff, do. 

Hayiies Lennon, Big Swamp, do. 

Zadok Bullock, Fair Bluff, do. 

Benjamin Ward, Whitevills, do. 

David J. Ray, do. do. 

D. D. Swindnll, do. do. 

George W. Lennou, Robeson's P. O., Brunswick County, N. C- 
Ezekiel Smith, do. do. 

C. JMtle, do. . do- 

Abel King, Dogwood Neck, Horry District, S. C. 
John Lee, do. do. 

Richard Prince, Conwaysboro', do. 
Wm. Mints, Shaloate, Brunswick County, N. C. 
Robert McNabb, Fayetleville, Cumberland County, N. C. 
John J. Brantly, do. do. 

Matthew Autrey, do. do. 

Wm. Hollingsworth, do. do. 

Hugh McAlpin, Owenviile, Sampson County, N. C. 
Hezekiah Woodward, " do. 

Jordan H. Cobb, St. Paul's, Robeson County, N. C. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-FIFTH SESSION, 



OF THE 



ClPi f]llE BIPTIIT l§§OCIiTION, 



HELD AT 



IBM »AM(DIEI. m(G)Mg(DM ^(0)10^1? Y, M, (B« 



OCTOBER 26th, 27tb, 28th, 29th, 1849. 



PRINTED AT THE "INTELLIGENCER" OFFICE, 

WILMINGTON, N. C. 
1850. 



MINUTES. 

Friday, Oct. 26th, 1849. 

The introductory Sermon was delivered at 11 o'clock, A. M., by 
Elder Elias Davis, from Jeremiah 17th chapter, 7th and 8th verses : 
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the 
liord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that 
spreadeth out her roots b}^ the river, and shall not see when heat 
cometh, but her leaf shall be green ; and shall not be careful in the 
year of drouth, neither shall cease from yielding truit." 

After an intermission of ten minutes, the Association was called to 
order by Bro John Smith, and the Divine direction was invoked by 
Elder N. A. Purify. 

Brethren A. F. Powell, Arthur Melvin, and Amos High, were ap- 
pointed a committee of Finance. 

Letters from the Churches were called for, read, delegates' names 
enrolled. Statistical and Financial accounts arranged. 

Then proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year, 
which resulted as follows : John Smith, Moderator ; Haynes Len- 
non, Clerk and Treasurer; Kandle McDaniel, Assistant Clerk. 

An invitation was extended to visiters — Ministers and brethren of 
Corresponding Associations — whereupon, Elder James McDaniel and 
Bro. G. R. French, from the Union Association accepted seats. 

The following Committees were then announced by the Moderator : 

To supply the Stage with Preachers — M. Warwick, A. F. Powell, 
E. Carlisle, M. Meares, and B. Freeman. 

On Arrangements — John Smith, H. Lennon, R. McDaniel. 

On Special Changes in the Association — W. Ayres, E. Carlisle, J. 
Stone. 

On preparing a Digest of the state of religion in the Association as 
indicated in the Church Letters — H. Lennon. 

On Ordination — N. A. Purify, James McDaniel, W. Ayers. 

Om Bible Society— J. T^Honrhio, A. F. Poweil, S'. Dasr.nberry. 

On Temperance— -R.JtfeJparti?!.,. 4-: 3.^ay.l9i'j M. Warwick. 

On Baptist State Convention— N. A. PuriCy, H. McAipin, G. Davis. 

On Missions— H. Lennon, James McDaiiiel, John Smith. 

On Sunday Schools— D. B. Ayres, J. M.Beusley, W. B. Ballard. 

On Periodicals — J. M. Beasley, A. High, G. R. French. 

On preventing the sale of Ardent Spirits near the Association 
ground — M. Warwick, W. Barnes, K. Atldnson. 

On preparing lietters of Correspondence : 

To the Welsh Neck Association — N. A. Purify. 

To the Union Association — R. McDaniel. 

To the Pee Dee Association — H. Lennon. 

'J'he Association adjourned to 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. Pray- 
er by Elder J. McDaniel. 



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Saturday Morninq. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Elder 
H. McAlpin. 

Committee of Arrangements reported — Report received. 

Committee of last Association on Biographical Sketch of the depar- 
ted Ministry reported — Report received and Committee discharged. 

Appointed Elder H. Lennon to prepare said sketch, so far as he 
may have materials so to do, and present the same to brethren John 
Smith, John M. Beasley and Randle McDaniel for examination. 

Ordered : That the above sketch be appended to these Minutes, if. 
approved by said Committee. 

Committee of last Association, on visiting the Ebenezer Church, 
reported the following, and were discharged. 

" We attended to the duties assigned us, and beg leave to report, 
that we recommended a dissolution of the Church, which was readily 
complied with. Respectfully submitted, 

COMMITTEE." 

Agreed that the next Session of this Association be held at Bear 
Swamp Church, Marion District, S. C, commencing on Friday pre- 
ceding the 4th Sabbath in October, 1850. Introductory discourse to 
be delivered by Elder Zadok Bullock, at 10 1-2 o'clock, A. M. ; Elder 
G. W. Leimon alternate. 

Appointed Elder N. A. Purify to preach the 12 o'clock Sermon, on 
Sabbath at next session of this Association ; Elder H. Lennon alter- 
nate. 

Agreed that the Clerk have $15 for his services. 

Agreed to have 1500 copies of these Minutes printed. 

Committee on Temperance reported. Report received and ordered 
to be appended to these Minutes. 

Committee on Baptist State Convention reported. Report received 
and ordered to be appended to these Mi antes. > 

At this stage of proceedings, the Association gave wa^r, the neces- 
sary space of time for the holding of a Session of a Board of Domes- 
tic Missions. 

On re-aassembling the moderator announced the following delega- 
tion ; Elders N. A. Purify and H. McAlpin, and bro. J. M Beasly 
" to the Union Association to meet at Bear Marsh, Duplin County, on 
Friday preceding 1st Sabbath in October 1850. 

Brethren John Smith, Jacob Thompson, and Randle McDaniel, 
to the Welsh Neck Association, to meet at Society Hill this day two 
weeks. 

Elder H. Lennon and Brethren J. H. Cobb and James Cashwell 

to the Pee Dee Association to meet at , Stanly County, on 

Friday preceding 4th Sabbath in September 1850. 

QuERE — What course should a Church pursue towards one of her 
members who will traffic in Ardent Spirits for the sake of gain? 

Answer — -In the opinion of this Association, such member should 
be admonished to desist, and in the event he should still continue, he 
should be expelled. 



Committee of Finance reported. Report received and ordered to 
be appended to these Ministers. 

Ordered that the Treasurer of this Association pay over to the 
Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention, the funds appropriated to 
Foreign Missions. 

Adjourned to Monday morning 9 1-2 o'clock. Prayer by bro. X 
H. Cobb. 



SABBA.TH. 

The pubhc exercises Vv'"ere opened by Elder N. A. Purify with a 
discourse founded on Mathew 7th Chap. 7th verse : ".1 sk, and it 
shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be 
opened unto you." 

Elder H. Lennon immediately followed^ with a discourse on Ps. 
43rd Chap. 3 verse : "O send out thy light and thy truth." 

At the conclusion of the discourse, a general collection was taken 
up for Domestic Missions. 

After an hitermission of about thirty minutes Elder James McDan- 
iel addressed the congregation from Ps. 90 : 14. "0 satisfy us ear- 
ly with thy mercy ; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days." 

Elder W. Ayers followed with an invitation to such as felt the need 
of prayer, to present themselves before the stand, and that the mercy 
of God would be supplicated in their behalf While the congregra 
tion was praising God, a goodly number came forward — at the close 
of which. Elder N. A. Purify offered prayer. 

The ministry labored with commendable zeal,, and from the inter- 
est manifested by the hearers, we have strong reasons to hope for a 
blessing through our Redeemer. 



Monday Morning. 

Association met pursuant to adjournment. Session opened with 
the reading of the 53rd Chap, of Isa., praise and prayer by Eld. E. 
Davis. 

The following Reports were received from Committies, adopted, 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. : 

Report on Special Changes, 

Report on Bible Society, 

Report on Sunday Schools. 

Report on Periodicals. 

Committies on Digest of Religion, and Missions, craved further 
time to prepare their reports, which was given. 

Agreed that the above reports be submitted to brethren John 
Smith, J. M. Beasly and R. McDaniel for examination prior to their 
appendage to these minutes. 



Committee of Fmance reported $25,40 as the collection of yester- 
day, which was ordered to be paid to the Treasurer of this Associa- 
tion. 

The following Resolutions were then unanimously adopted : — 

Whereas, his excellency, Charles Manly, Governor of the State of 
North Carolina, in virtue of a resolution adopted by the General As- 
sembler of N. C, at its last Session, has issued his Proclamation set- 
ting apart Thursday the 15th of Nov. next, "as a day of solemn and 
public thanksgiving to Almighty God, for past blessmgs, and of sup- 
plication for his^continued kindness and care over us as a State and 
as a Nation :" 

Therefore,' Resolved, That this Association recommend to its 
Ministers and Churches a strict observance of said day. 

Resolved, That this Association recommend the Churches in its 
bounds, to observe Friday before the 2nd Lord's day in March next, 
as a day of fasting and prayer to Almighty God, for a General revi- 
val of religion in its bounds. 

The Association then gave way for the Board of Domestic Missions, 
and Bible Society to hold then- S^essions. 

On re-assembling, it was ordered that the Treasurer of this Asso- 
ciation defray the expenses of transcribing and printing these Min- 
utes, and pay the residue of Funds on hand to the Treasurer of Do- 
mestic Mission Board in the bounds of this association. 

Agreed that all unfinished business be referred to brethren Jno. 
Smith, J. M. Beasly, and R. McDaniel. 

Voted, That the gratitude of this Association be expressed, through 
these minutes, to the inhabitants of this vicinity, for their kind and 
hospitable entertainment of this Assocation. 

Adjourned to time and place, above specified for the holding next 
Session of this association. 

Valedictory remarks by Eld. J. McDaniel, and prayer by Eld H. 
Lennon. 

JOHN SMITH, Moderator. 
Haynes Lennon, Clerk. 



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REPORT Ox^ FINANCE. 

Cash sent up from the Churches this year, $67,45 

•' " " for Foreign Missions, 14,25 

" Collected for B. S. Convention, 3,25 

" " on Sabbath for D. Missions, 25,40 



Respecfullv submitted, 

A. F.'POWEL, Chairman, 



$110,41 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The Temperance enterprize, is a subject if duly considered, would need 
no labored arguments to enforce the conviction of its merits upon the mind 
of every philanthropist. Individuals, families, neighbors. Towns, Coun- 
ties and States, have much reason to rejoice that the various orders of the 
name have ever, like the varied hues of the bow of promise, made their ap- 
pearance in our land. 

Your Committee feel gratified to State from the information secured from 
the columns of "the Communicator," a Temperance paper published in Fay- 
etteville, and which they take pleasure in recommending to the patronage 
of this Association— that the good and great cause of temperance is rapidly 
progressing, and that perhaps, the greatest obstacle in the way of its ul- 
timate success is the system of what is commonly called moderate drinking, 
but which your committee believe, is more properly immoderate drinking; 
and though lo set forth the unhappy consequences that frequently grow out 
of this unnecessary habit; and feeling as they do, much interest in this cause, 
must beg leave to make one or two remarks as expressive of their views in 
reference to it. — Your Committee are of opinion that this system or practice, 
of moderate drinking so called, is advocated and practised from a misconceiv- 
ed and mistaken notion of the meaning of the word "Temperance," inas- 
much as it is agreed by its advocates, that as the word means the moderate 
use of any thing, that an individual must use some to be temperate. 

Now your Committee are of opinion that "Temperance" is the moder- 
ate use of what is beneficial, and the total abstinence from what is injurious 
and hurtful. 

They believe upon the authority of intelligent and respectable Physicians, 
that not the smallest portion of Ardent Spirits whatever, is beneficial, or 
needed for the health, either of body or mind, of any one in good health, and 
thus taking it for granted that no unbiased mind by love and thirst for the 
practice, will presume to doubt the fact, they say, that if none is needed, then 
none is Temperance, and that if the smallest portion whatever is used 
when none is needed, that is access, being more than is needed and -conse- 
quently is in the strictest sense immoderation and intemperance. 

Respectfully submitted 
R. McDANIEL, Chairman. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS, 

Your committee on Periodicals beg leave to submit the following report r 

We deem it of the greatest importance in order to advance the Redeemer's 
Kingdom on earth, and the interest of the Baptist Denomination, that a more 
extensive criculation of religious Periodicals should speedily be brought a- 
bout. It is obvious to every reflecting mind, that to be useful in society, 
the mind should be well imbued with that knowledge that pertainethto the 
excellency of Christ. Religious Periodicals are the channel through which 
Vs prevalence is obtained, and through which a map of the moral world 
is presented to the Biblical Student. It is through such instrumentalities 
that the "dead yet speaketh," that Ministers of Christ are brought to co-op- 
erate in the general spread of the Gospel — that church members may learn 
the unity of Christ exhibited in themselves. 

We shall present to your consideration the following periodicals : 
Bit>lical Recorder, edited by Thos. Meredith, Weekly, Raleigh. 
Religious and General Intelligencer " " J. McDaniel " Wilmingtonv 
Baptist Messenger, " " C. R. Hendrickson Semi-monthly, Elizabeth City. 
The Commission " " Monthly, Richmond, Va. 

The Baptist Missionary Journal, " J. B. Taylor " '• " 

The Southern Baptist Review " " Thos. Meredith, Bi-monthly Raleigh, 

From all, or any of the above named Periodicals, the brethren may leara 
much that is profitable to godliness. 

Respectfully Submitted 

JOHN M. BEASLY, Chairman, 



REPORT ON SPECIAL CHANGES IN THE ASSOCIATION. 
Your Committee on Special Changes would report, that they have had the- 
same under consideration, and feel happy to report that through the kindness 
ofour heavenly Father no special change has occurred during the past year.. 

Respectfully Submitted 

WILLIAM HYNES, Chairman. 



REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools, present the following report : 
That this is an eiiterprize that cannot be over-estimated and should re- 
reive the nndivid-jd attemdou of our Churches. The Ministry should con- 
sider it connected with their relative duties, as such, should encourage 
and sustain the enterprize in all places vvhere the Lord may direct their 
labors, that "out of the mouth of babes and sucklings" the Lord may "per., 
feet praise" to our redeemer. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

D. B. AYERS, Chairman, 



REPORT ON BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. 
The Cohamittee on the Baptist State Convention beg leave to present the 
following report : 



In the opinion .of your Committee the Convention which has been m exis-- 
tence a number of years has accomplished much good. 

It has for its object the education of young ministers, and the support of 
home and foreign missions. 

Your Committee commend the objects of the Convention to the prayerful 
and liberal supportof this Association. 

We also recommend the Association immediately on the reception of 
this report, to take up a collection to aid the Convention in its several objects. 

All of which is respectfully submitted 

N. A. PURIFY, Chairman. 



REPORT ON BIBLE SOCIETY. 

Your Committee M'ould present the following : 

That so far as they can learn, the Bible cause in the main is on the ad- 
vance. The receipts" of the American and Foreign Bible Society for the 
year ending April 6, 1849, were $39,840,86. Ol this amount $8,550,32, 
for Bibles and Testaments sold ; and $21,993, donations. During the year 
13,638 Bibles, and 26,590 Testaments were issued from the Depository. 
Appropriations were made for Asamese, German, French, Chinese, Karen, 
Oriza, and Bengalee scriptures. 

The condition of the Bible Society in North Carolina is far from being 
piosperous as will appear from their report of 19th inst before the society at 
Oxford : "That the destitution at home is great — that the demand for Bibles 
is increasing, and greater than can be supplied — that the society is in debt — 
and that an increase of funds is highly necessary." 

It is deeply to be deplored that such destitution is prevalent with us. 
The claims of a BJeeding Saviour are humbly presented for your liberal 
support. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN T. HONRINE, Chairman. 



REPORT ON EXAMINATIONS. 

The committee on the examination of candidates for ordination, report as 
follows: 

They have examined brethren Bay, Mints, and Cashwell, and recommend 
their several churches to have them ordained. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

N. A. PURIFY, Chairman, 



REPORT ON MISSIONS. 

The Committee on Missions would respectfully submit the following re- 
port. 

The "Missionary Enterprize" is identified with the Gospel Dispensation : 
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Its 
adaptation to the moral wants of mankind, and the development of those 



spiritual resources wliereby the church of Christ is destined to reign tri- 
umphant, commands' itiolf to the considerate regard of every rational mind. 

The present system of the Missionary Societies, is the best, perhaps, that 
the circumstances of our times allow, and deserves the support of all the 
friends of the Redeemer, and his cause, till God shall show unto us *'a more 
excellent way," characterized by the simplicity of primitive times, where- 
in more of God and less of man will appear- 
In its present condition it is working wonders. — Nearly all denominations 
of Christians are engaged in the worlt, and perhaps every nation of the 
earth has been made the theatre of missionary operations. Our brethren 
of the Missionary Union are pushing forward their labors in Asia, Africa, 
Europe, and North America. Our Southern Board have missions in Chi- 
na, Republic ofLiberia, and have recently appointed bro. J Bowen, mission- 
ary to Central Africa. 

The Board informs us, that, in order to prosecute the missions now in 
progress more funds will be needed. These are all worthy and important 
objects, and such as claim the serious and devout consideration of this As- 
sociation. But, that tliese may be well sustained, pur home missionary 
field should be thoroughly cultivated. 

All of whicli is duly submitted 
♦ HAYNES LENNON, Chairman. 



REPORT OF TREASURER OF C. F. ASSOCIATION. 

To cash received from Committee of Finance $110.41 

By cash sent Treasurer of B. S. Convention pr. N. A. Purify f 17,50 
" paid for printing Minutes of 1849 

paid Clerlv for transcribing, &c. $1.5,00 

paid Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board $110,41 

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12 

A DIGEST OF THE STATE OF REL1C4I0N IN THE ASSOCIATION 
AS INDICATED IN THE CHURCH LETTERS. 

Adtioclv — This Church enjoys much union and peace, and is under the 
care of Eld. Haynes Lennon. 

Aslipole — Has experienced but little ehani;-e, Elder Z. Bullock, Pastor. 

Black Swavijj — Is under the Pastoral care of Eld. F. Prevatt— cammuni- 
cates but little in relation to the condition of the church. The congregra- 
tion is large and much interest has been manifested of late. This church 
has formerly been called Mount Pisgah. 

Bear S If amp. — Eld. S. Dusenberry is Pastor. From an increased anxi- 
ety in the congregation to hear the word oreached, a hone is entertained for 
a refreshing from the presence of the Lord. 

Beaulali. — For the past 3'ear this Church has been favored with much 
preaching, but ''The word preached did not profit, not being mixed with 
faith in them that heard it." Sid. A. Kinn- was their Pastor, Eld. Thos. 
G. Rogers attended monthly. 

Beaverdam, Bladen Coinitij. — From the character given in the letter, we 
are led to conclude that the enemy has been sowing tares, and that the Bi- 
ble has been wofully disregarded. Eld. Thos. Smith is the Pastor. 

Beaverdam, Columlus County. — Under the pastorate of Eld Z. Bullock 
— this Church seems to be nrccressing. 

Bethel. — Is contending for the faith delivered to the saints— has no Pas- 
tor, but has enjoyed the labours of the rJissionary. 

Bethlehem — Is afflicted with difficulties. 

Big Branch — Communicates nothing important. The Pastor, Eld. F. 
Prevatt, .is much venerated. 

Brier Branch — Sends nothing interesting. 

Buck Creek — Has no Pastor, but is in love and peace. 

Cape Fear. — This Church, under the ministry of Eld. H. TiIcAlpin is grow- 
ing in members and improvins in discipline. 

Cedar Creek — Complains of coldness. Eld. R. "Prevatt, Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope — Says nothing about the spirituality of the Church. Eld. 
G. W. Lennon, Pastor. 

Cherry Grove — Under the Ministry of Eid- Z. Bullock, enjoys peace and 
love. 



13 

Concord. — A jzencral coldness iVi-evails. Eld. R. Fisher, Pastor. 

C?-oss Road.". — S!d. E. Davis ministers to them in spiritual things accep- 
tably. All in peace. 

FayeUcvillc — Is under the care of S:d. N. A. Purify, v.'hose labors are 
blessed to edification of tlie Church. 

Hickory Grove — has enjoyed the labors of Eld. O. Stone. There is 
peace and love abounding, and an expectation of the outpouring of the Spir- 
it of the Lord upon the Con'n•e,'^"t!on. 

. o o 

Honey Camp — Reports nolhing ch<7ering. 

Iron Hill r<l Ecads — There are some diSculties in this Church. 

, Macedonia, N. G. — This Church has no Pastor. Bro. George Parker, 
their licensed minis;e" preaches Lor then) regijlarly. "Wo have had no re- 
vivals the past year." 

Macedonicf; S. C. — This Ch:y.-ch lias hitherto been called '-Good Hope.' 
From some cause there is much confusion, yet hope by the next Association 
to be able to report better things. 

Mill Creeh. — There seems to have been a wakinw up, with the members 
of this church. Thev Iiafi enjoyed the services of our Missionary, and, 
through his counsel, have resolved to Isold cont'ei'cnces monthly. Bro. John 
Holmes u'as taken from them on 0th of J^Jarch last. 

Mount Carmcl. — No change — all in peace. 

Mount Eliam — Communicates nothing of importance. 

Mount Pisgah — Is destitute of a Pastor. Coldness exist to a considerable 
degree. 

Mount Talor. — Eld. G. V/. Hill, Pastor. All in peace and a revival 
in progress. ' 

Mount Zion, N. C. — This Church has witnessed an extraordinary ingath- 
ering during the post summer, Six'iV seven persons .have been t>aptized. 
Zadok Bullock is their Pastor. 

« 

Mount Zion, S. C. — Desjitute of a Pastor. There is much coldness. 
The}) are dependent on the Missionary for preaching. 

Piny Grove — Is in peace and love. 

Pleasant Grove. — Unde.t the ministry of Eld. Samuel Dusenberry; there 
is much harmony and peace in the ciiurch. 

Pleasant Hill — Is under the pastoral care of Eld. Z. Bullock. All in 
peaec. 



16 

And now, Dear Brethren, allow me to present my thanks for the confi- 
dence you have reposed in me. as your missionary. May. the grace of our 
Lord Jesus Christ rest upon the Churches in g'oneral, and those who have 
opened their doors to entertain your humble servant, in particular. 

WiLLJAM AYERS. 



BIBLE SOCIETY. 

The Society v/as called into session by John vSmith' Appointed Richard 
Woolen and Dariut B. Ayres a Committee ol' Finance. 

The following persons, or their proxies, canse forv/ard and paid to the 
Committee of Finance the follovvin.f>- sums : 



Richard Wooten, 


5?i,or 


Rev. D. B. Ayers, 


^1,00 


Rev. J. J. Brantly, 


5,0- 


Jno. M. Beasly, 


1,00 


Rev. W. Ayers, 




I. W. Gore, 


50 


Rev. S. Dusen berry, 


i,o<; 


R. McDaniel, 


2,00 


Rev. G. W. Hill, 


1,0- 


a. M;, HfcRacken, 


2,00 


Sohn Smith, 


^ 1,(M' 


Rev b'. Prevatt, 


1 1,00 


Joshua Tayton, 


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0. V. Falwood, 


50 


Rev. G. W. Lennon, 


- 1,0C 


Robt. Woodsides, 


50 


Moses Warwick, 


1,0(: 


James Marsh, 


50 


Daniel Stanalahd, 


i,o; 


M. W. Ellis, 


1,00 


Rev. Z. Bullock, 


1,0C 


Rev. H. Lennoii, 


1,00 


A. F. Powell, 
C. Little, 










$28,00 


Rev. H. McAlpin, 


IfiV 







Elected John Smith, President, J. M. Beasly, 1st V. P • M. Warwick, 
2d V P ; Haynes Lennon, S-ecretary and Treasurer. 

Ordered that the Funds i-n hands of Financial Committee be paid over 
to the Treasurer, of Bible Society. 

Agents reported the receipt of 36 Bibles and Testaments valued at ^24,- 
42, being the only paclvage received for the contributions of the Bible So- 
ciety sent up to the Slate Bible Society ip 1845 and 184G. 
.^^ That the}- had sold to the amount of ^14,45 — that there were 11 small 
bibles on hand and the balance had been called for by subscribers. 

The Treasurer reported that he had withheld the Funds of 1847 and 1848 
and upon giving his reasons, was commended for so doing. 

Appointed John Smith, J, J..-Brantly, N.' A. Purify, J. M. Beasly, H Len- 
non, and R. McDaniel. an Executive Committee to whom was referred the 
disposition of the Bible Society Funds and the unfinished business of this 
session. 

Adjourned to time and place of holding next session of C. F. Association. 

J AS. SMITH, President, 
J. M. BEASLY, Isi V. P. 

H. Lennon, Secretary. M. WARWICK, 2d V. P. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



rOETY-SIXTH SESSION 



OF THE 



CAPE PEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



HELD AT 



BEAPt SWAMP, MARION DISTRICr. 



Oct. 25di, 36tii, erth, 2stii, 



1850. 



FAYETTEVILLE : 



PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE & SON 
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FRIDAY, October 25, 1850. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered at 11 o'clock A. M., by Eldi 
Z. Bullock, from Hebrews, lltli chapter, 14th verse: "For Lbey that 
say such things, declare plainly thai they seek a country." 

After the lapse of a few minutes, the Association was called to order 
by Bro. John Smith, Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by 
Bro. J. T. Ilonryne. 

Appointed Brethren R. McRackan and J. M. Beasley Assistant Clerks. 

Appointed Brethren Benj. Freeman, A. H. Bowel and D. T. Everett 
a Committee of Finance. 

The Letters from the Churches were now called for and read; the 
names of Delegates were enrolled, and statistics recorded. [See Table.] 

The Letters having been read and the names of Delegates recorded, 
Bro. Smith expressed his sense of obligation to the Association for the 
honor conferred in making him the presiding officer of several past ses- 
sions, and hoped the Brethren would decline putting him in nomination 
for re-election. Whereupon the following election took place, viz: Rev. 
H. Lennon, Moderator; R. McDaniel, Clerk and Treasurer. 

On motion, visiting Ministers and Brethren from Corresponding As- 
sociations were invited to take seats with us. Brethren C. Jleaves, J. 
Allen and D. Coleman presented themselves from the Welsh Neck As^ 
sociation, and Brother A. M. Rockwell, from the Raleigh Association. 

On motion, an invitaton was extended to any Church wishing con^ 
nection with this body, now to make application. 

The Second Baptist Church, (Orange street,) Wilmington, presented 
a Letter desiring admission. 

On motion, the Letter, together with the Covenant which accompa- 
nied it, were read. The Petition, after some discussion, was granted, 
and the Delegates received by the Moderator giving them the right 
hand of fellowship. 

A Letter was presented from Mount Sinai Church, Columbus Coun- 
ty, applying fur membership. The petition was granted, and the Del- 
egates received by the Moderator giving them the right hand of fellow.; 
sh ip. 

Appointed Thos. P. Watson, E. B. Ford and Stephen Grantham a 
Committee of Vigilance. 

Appointed Benj. Freeman, W. Ayres and R. McRackan a Commit- 
tee to supply the Stage with Preachers during the Session. 

Appointed R. McDaniel, R. McRackan and B. Freeman a Commit.^ 
tee of Arrangements. 

On motion, adjourned to 9|- o'clock to-morrow. 



SATURDAY MORNING, 9^ o'clock. 

The Association met. Reading the Scriptures, Singing and Prayer 
by Rev. A. M. Rockwell. 

After the reading of the IMinutes of yesterday, the Moderator an- 
nounced the following Committees: 

On Ordination. — W. Ayres, E. Davis, T. Allen, A. P. Repiton. 

On Bible Society. — J. Smith, G. VV. Lennon, D. Ray. 

On Periodicals.— R. McRackan, A. M. Rockwell, W. B. Billiard. 

On Sabbath Schools. — R. McDaniel, J. T. Hunrine, E. Carlisle. 

On Baptist Slate Convention. — A. P. Repiton, A. F. Powell, D. B, 
Ayres. 

On Domestic Missions. — H. McAlpin, J. JM. Beasley, J. Guy. 

On Baptist Publication Society. — Benj. Freeman, J. Allen, D. T. 
Everett. 

On Temperance. — E. Bozeman, C. Reaves, J. D. Coleman. 

On motion, Brethren W. Ayres, W. B. Bullard and H. Lennon were 
appointed to visit those Churches tailing to represent, and inquire into 
the cause, and report at next Session. 

Committee of Arrangements reported — Petitions ffrnext Association; 
Quere from Mount Zion Church; the request of the Sharon and iMounS 
Zion Churches to unite. Report received. 

Agreed that the next Session of this body be held with the Cedar 
Creek Church, Cumberland County, commencing on Saturday preced- 
ing the 1st Sabbath in Nov'r 1851. 

Appointed Rev. Wm. Ayres tcf preach the Introd'uetory Sermon, at 
1-0|- o'clock A. M.;— Rev. F. Prevatt, Alternate. 

Appointed A. P. Repiton to preach the Charity Sermon- on Sabbath; 
— Rev. E. Davis, Alternate. 

Quere. — Is it requisite that a majority of the male members of a 
Church shall b-e present in order to hold Conference? Ansiver. — No, 

The Sharon and Mount Zion Churches are advised by the Associa- 
tion to unite. 

On motion, took a recess of thirty minutes; at the expiration of whicfe 
time, agreed that the Board of Domestic Missions come into sessionv 

On re-asseml)ling, the following Brethren were appointed to write- 
Letters of Correspondence to sister Associations: J. Smith to the Welsh 
Neck; Benj. Freeman to the Union; J. H. Cobb to the Pedee. 

On motion, agreed that 1500 copies of these Minutes be printed. 

Agreed that the Clerk have $15 for his services, and that he gets 
whom he may see proper -to print the Minutes. 

Appointed a Committee, consisting of Brethren Prevatt, Bullock andi 
Dusenberry, to visit the Honey Camp Church. 

Appointed Brethren H. McAlpin, D. B. Ayres and Wm. Hollings- 
worth Delegates to the Uni^jn Association, to be held in Greene Coun- 
ty, Friday before the 1st Sabbath in October 1351. J. T. Honrinev 
J. H. Cobb and F. Pres'att, to the Ped-ee Association. J. Smithy W. 
^\.yres and Jacob Thoinpson, to the Welsh Neck Association. 

Appointed Brethreji \Villiam Ajres, Z. Bullock and G. W. Hill,, to 



5 



visit the Macedonia Cliurch, Cokimbus County, and inquire into the 
state of it, and report at next Session. 

On motion, adjourned to 9 o'clock, Monday. Prayer by Bro. Prevatt. 



SABBATH. 

A very lartje confji'efjation assembled. The exercises were com- 
menced by Rev. A. M. Rockwell, who preached from the 14th and 15lh 
verses of the 1st chapter of Romans: ''I am a debtor both to the Greeks 
and to the barbarians, })0th to the wise and the unwise; so as much as in 
me is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also." 

After this discourse, Rev. N. A. Purify, appointed at last Session to 
preach the Charity Sermon, being absent. Rev. H. Lennon, Alternate, 
being indisposed, the congregation was addressed by Rev. A. P. Repi- 
ton, trom Peter, 3d chapter, part of the 18th verse: "For Christ also 
hath once suffered for sins." 

At the conclusion of this discourse, a collection was taken up in be- 
half of the Board of Domestic Missions. 

After an intermission of some minutes, the congregation was again 
ad(b-essed by Rev. J. Allen, from Mark, 11th chapter, part of the 2Gih 
verse: "Who then can be savedl" 

Rev. H. Lennon concluded the services of the day with some ani- 
mated remarks, briefly adverting to the various sulyects of the previous 
discourses, under which many seem to feel, and it is hoped good will 
result. 



MONDAY MORNING, 9 o'clock. 

Association met. After calling the Roll, Prayer by Bro. Cobb. 

The Committee on Ordination reported. Reported adopted, and or- 
dered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on Bible Society reported. Report adopted, and or- 
dered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on Periodicals reported. Report adopted, and or- 
dered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. Report adopted, and 
ordered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on Baptist State Convention reported. Report 
adopted, and ordered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on Domestic Missions reported. Report adopted, 
and ordered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on Baptist Puljlication Society reported. Report 
adopted, and ordered to be appended to Minutes. 

The Committee on 'I'emperance reported. Report adopted, and or- 
dered to Ije appended to IMinufes. 

Appointed Rev. H. Lennon, Rev. A. P. Repiton, J. M. Beasley, R. 



6 

McRackan, Rev. H. McAlpin, R. McDaniel, J. T. Honrine, A. UeU 
vin, Rev. Wm. Ayies, Rev. F. Prevatt, Beiij. Freeman, A. F. Powell, 
Jno. Smith, P. Taylor, Daniel Stanaland, Louis Prescoat, T. M. Chat- 
terfon, D. B. Ayres, G. \V. Lennon, J. Cobb, and N. A. Purify, Dele- 
liates to the Baptist State Convention, to be held in Wilmington, on 
'I'hursday preceding the 3d Sabbath in October 1851. 

Letter of Correspondence to the Union Association called for, read 
and received. 

Letters of Correspondence to the Pedee and Welsh Neck Associa- 
tions not being prepared, farther time was given those appointed to 
write them. 

Appointed Rev. N. A. Purify, J. M. Beasley and P. Taylor to pre- 
pare a Digest of the State of Religion in the Association, as indicated 
in the Church Letters. 

Committee on Finance reported. Report received, and Committee 
discharged after paying over the amount into the hands of the Treasu- 
rer of the Association. 

Appointed the following Committees to report at next Association: 

On Ministerial Education. — N. A. Purity, J. M. Beasley. 

On Foreign Missions. — H. McAlpin, J. T. Honrine. 

On Domestic Missions — R. McRackan, L. Wescoat. 

On Bible Society. — John Smith, J. Munroe. 

On Sabbath Schools and Publication Society. — A. P. Repiton, G. W. 
Lennon. 

On Baptist State Convention, — H. Lennon, Pv. ^Vooten. 

On Temperance. — R. McDaniel, H. H. Ellis. 

On motion, agreed to suspend the l)usiness of the Association the ne- 
cessary time for the Domestic Mission Board and Bible Society to hold 
tlieir Sessions. 

The Association having again come into session, on motion, the name 
of a Delegate of the Macedonia Church was ordered to be expunged 
from the Minutes, for being in an intoxicated state. 

Ordered, that all the moneys of the Minute Fund and Sabl)ath Col- 
lection be paid into the hands of the Treasurer of the Board of Domes- 
tic Missions. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be presented to the 
members of this Church, and to the residents in the vicinity, for their 
kind hospitality during the present session. 

Appointed W. Ayres, H. Lennon, F. Prevatt, H. McAlpin, A. P. 
Repiton and J. Smith, to prepare an Abstract of the Pj'inciples of this 
Association, to be presented on the first day of next Association for 
consideration. 

On motion, adjourned to time and place specified for holding the next 
session of this Association. 

Valedictory remarks and Prayer by Rev. H. Lennon. 

H. LENNON, Moderator. 

R. McDANIEL, Clerh. 



A IP IP H S3= ID n So 



TABLE OF STATISTICS. 



COUNTIES 
CHURCHES. 



Robeson. 
Ashpole, 
Antidch, 
Big Branch, 
JMdunt Eliam, 
Back Swamp, 
Saddle Tree, 
Providence, 
Pleasant Urove, 

Bladen. 
Beaver Dam, 
Brier Branch, 
Hickory Grove, 
Shiloh, 
White Lake, 

Columbus. 
Reaver Dam, 
Cherry Grove, 
Cross Roads, 
Iron Hill X Roads, 
Macedonia, 
Mount iMoriah, 
Mount Tabor, 
Mount Zion, 
Pleasant I'lains, 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Seven Creeks, 
Western Prong, 
Brunswick. 
Bethel, 
Benlah, 
Cheerful Hope, 
Mount Pisgah, 
&Iount Carniel, 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shaloate, 
Union, 

Cumberland. 
Ca pe Fear, 
Cedar Creek, 
Concord, 
Fayetteville, 
Piney Grove, 
Bockfish, 
BIarionDis., S.C. 
Bear Swamp, 
Horry Ihs., S. C. 
Bethlehem, 
Buck Creek, 
Macedonia, 
Mount Zion, 
Sharon, 

Simpson's Creek, 
Spring Branch, 

WlLMINGTO.N. 

Orange Street, 
Mount Sinai, 






DELEGATES. 



VVm. Ayres, J. Pitman, .Toseph Thompson, 
G. Warrick, M. Meares, J. A. Rozier, 
Z. Bullock, iSI. Warrick, W. B. Cullard, 
J. Stone, S. Stone, .Jacob Britt, 

F. Prevatt, ,T. Thompson, ,1. B. Thompson, 
E. Davis, E. Carlisle, Benj. Freeman, 

J. H. Cobb, .1. Looper, D. McGougan, 
James Moore, N. Martin, W. Pitman,* 

Retiben Fisher, .Tames Hall, P. P. Rollings, 
.John Cain, J. Jones, William Cowen, 
E. Johnson, R. iM. Sessoms,* G. Wilson,* 
J.Smith, R. Hall, E. Martin, 

D. B. Ayres, J. Carrol,* D. H. Mashbarn,* 

A. M. Noble, C. Souls,* James Henson,* 
J. H. Butfking,* W. Strickland, J. Coleman, 
John E. Lenn(m. W. Lennon, C. Ivev,* 
J. W. Gore, J. Todd, Stephen Wright, 
W. Watters, D. Nance, 
Not represented. 

E. Phillips. J. Hinson,* W. J. Sarvis,* 
0. J. Ray, C. P. Woodill, J. .1. High, 
M. G. Sasser, Theop. Suggs. M. Long, 

D. Coleman, A F. Powell, I). F. Williamson, 
Wm. Frink, T. Thompson, M. M. Walker, 
N. Stephens, J. Long,* R. F. Marlow,* 
H. Lennon, J. C. Powell, R. Wooten,* 

R. McRackan, L. Wescoat, Thomas Wescoat, 
D. Stanaland,* J. Stanaland, W. G. Matthews,* 

G. W. Lennon, C. Little, A. P. Daniel, 
A. Clemmons,* J. Sellars, L. Simmons,* 

Not represented. 
Thos. Robbins, P. Tharpe, J. Murrell, 
K. Bozeman, J. Beach, P. C. Milligan, 
\Vm. M. Mints, D. K. Mints,* A. Bennett, 

C. V. Fulwood, R. Carney,* J. W. Woodsides^ 

Wm. Hollingswoith, J Cashwell, W. J. Tolar^ 

D. T. Everett, D. L. Smith, A. Melvin, 
D Horn,* J. Riley, R. D. Horn,* 

P. Taylor, J. M. Beasley, R BIcDaniel, 
J. T. Honrine, .TaajRs Guy, Joshua Taylor, 
H. McAlpin, G. Wilder,* S. Hamilton,* 

S. Dusenbeny, M. Watson, L. W. Hays, 

J. M. Smith,* E. Stanaland,* 

Not represented. 
Wm. Hardin, J. J. Ludland, 
Wni. Edge,* Charles Vereen,* W. L, Dubois, 
J. B. Edge, J. J. Reaves,* Chesnut TodJ., 

Not represented. 
Benj. Fowler, H. Enzor, E. Bullock, 

A. P. Repiton, S. Spooner, J. B. Barlow, 
N. Strickland, J. Harrelson. R. R. Hinson,. 



ts: 



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248 67 21 SO 109 42 4080 73. 2D 



226 
334 
127 
44 
86 
38 
47 
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].'53 
130 

69 
123 

GO 

107 

33 

114 

122 

87 



60 
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8.5 
101 
43 
75 
2-5 

53 

47 

50 

102 



48 

146 

96 

16 

215 
79 
08 

275 
39 
30 

190 

26 



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32 
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107 



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50 



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1 50 



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1 50 
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Those marked thu? (*) wane ab.setitj. 



8 

REPORT ON FINANCE. 

Receivetl' this year from the Churches, $12 20 

Sabbath Collection, 26 44 



$98 64 



Respectfully submitted. 

BENJ. FREEMAN, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON EXAMINATIONS. 

Your Committee on examination of Candidates for Ordination, would 
submit the following: They have had the applicants before them, and 
as far as christian experience and reasons of a supposed call to the 
Ministry are concerned, would, at the request of their respective 
Churches, recommend Bros. J. Cobb, A. Nobles and J. T. Honrine for 
Ordination. Relative to Bro. D. Swindal, would state, that they are 
equally satisfied with his experience and supposed call, but would sug- 
g.est that he exercise as a Licentiate at least one year longer. 
Respectfully submitted. 

WM. AYRES, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

Your Committee on Periodicals beg leave to submit the following;- 
Report: We deem it of the greatest importance, in order to advance 
the Redeemer's Kingdom on earth and the interest of the Baptist deno- 
mination, that a more extensive circulation of religious periodicals- 
should speedily be ])rought about. 

It is obvious to every reflecting mind, that to be useful in society, the 
mind should be well imbued with that knowledge that pertaineth to the 
excellency of Christ. Religious Periodicals are the channel through, 
which its prevalence Is obtained, and through which a map of the mor- 
al world is presented to the Biblical student. It is through such instru- 
mentalities that "the dead yet speaketh," — that Ministers of Christ are 
brought to co-operate in the general spread of the Gospel — that Churcht 
members may learn the unity of Christ exhibited in themselves.. 

We shall present to your consideration the following: 

Resolved, That we recommend the united support of a denomination- 
al paper for our State. One paper, well supported, would prove more 
efricient to our interest than several half sustained and discordant Peri- 
odicals. Respectfully submitted. 

R. McRACKAN, Ch'n.. 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy," is the command of 
Almighty God. And perhaps human instrumentality has never devised 
a more efficient method, for the proper observance of God's holy day, 
tikaa, the Sabbath School, enterprize. For, whilst it^ brings the youthi 



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within the immediate sphere of moral and religious influence, it is th6 
channel through which that instruction is distilled into the mind which 
prepares it properly to appreciate its privileges and regard its duties. 

And, apart from its being a most delightful employment in which to 
be engaged on the Christian Sabbath, it affords the facility to those, 
Nvhose circumstances in life would otherwise forbid, to obtain a small 
portion of uselul knowledge at least, "without money and without price." 

An institution, then, so purely benevolent in principle, so moralizincr 
in its tendency, and so well adapted to the wants of man, should com- 
mend itself to tha kind regards of every generous heart. 

And in view of the wholly indifference of most of the Churches to an 
enterprize so full of merit, your Committee are constrained to believe 
that its importance has been, in most instances, noticed only in a short 
report to your body— that it has not been properly brought to the view 
and pressed upon the Churches and congregations at home. They 
therefore would respectfully recommend, that increased attention be 
given to this department of Ministerial duty — that each Minister make, 
and continue to make, vigorous efforts to establish a Sabbath School in 
each of the respective Churches to which he ministers. 
Respectfully submitted. 

R. McDANItlL, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON BAPTIST STATE COxNVENTIOx\. 

The Committee on the Baptist State Convention would fespectfully 
report: That they have had that duty under consideration, and when 
they contemplate the great designs and glorious results of the labors of 
that body, they cannot too strongly recommend it to your consideration. 

Its objects are well known, and have met with the hearty co-opera- 
tion of a large majority of the Churches and piety of our State. The 
prayers of God's people have attended their labors of love, and hence 
the increased prosperity and success of that body* When we contem- 
plate the rising greatness and increasing intelligence of our people, and 
the paucity of well qualified laborers for this great field, who will not 
approve and aid in producing and sending forth an educated Ministry? 
Who will not contribute to a more wide spread diffusion of the glorious 
gospel, both at home and in foreign lands? Your Committee would not 
only recommend the objects of the Convention to your prayerful con^ 
sideration and liberal support, but they would also suggest the following; 

Resolved, That this Association appoint delegates to the next Session 
of the Baptist State Convention, to be held in Wilmington, on Thursday 
preceding the 3d Sal)l»ath in October, 1851. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

A. P. REPITON, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Domestic Missions beg leave to report the fol- 
lowing: 

We look upon this as one of the most important objects of your Body. 
2'' 



10 

When we contemplate the good that has already been done hy your 
Missionary, and what remains yet to be done: when we see with what 
joy he has been received, and how his labors have been appreciated — ' 
in attestation of which our ears have been greeted with the cry from all 
quarters, "send us again the Missionary," — who that feels not a will- 
ingness to grant their request? 

Although the Lord has been pleased to visit our Missionary with af- 
fliction the past year, yet the report is very encouraging, showing that 
the Lord was with him in his labors. When we look upon this im- 
portant matter, we fail for words fully to express our feelings, but let 
us awake to the subject, and remember that "he that soweth sparingly 
shall also reap sparingly;" while "he that soweth bountifully shall also 
reap bountifully." And not forget that "he that giveth to the poor 
lendeth to the Lord." 

The unconverted sinner is represented as being "miserable, poor^ 
blind, and naked." How then, is he to receive the blessings of the 
gospel? We answer, by Misssionary effort. Then let us arouse m- 
our exertions to send the poor wanderer from Heaven and happiness,, 
the "bread of eternal life." 

Respectfully submitted. 

H. McALPLN, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Your Committee report, that ihey consider temperance as having in- 
superable claims upon us. They consider the temperance reform as- 
the child of Christianity, and consequently as needing the fostering hand 
of all calling themselves after the name of Christ. The world looks to- 
ns for an example. We should recollect that the christian is the 
"highest st3"le of man." And although Almighty God can, and will 
work his pleasure, yet he has entrusted his cause in the hands of hu- 
man agents, and we should esteem it the highest possible privilege to 
be co-workers w'ith him. 

We would recommend that some suitable person be appointed to de- 
liver a temperance address at our next Association, and at all succeed- 
ing Associations, and that the Churches endeavor to forward this the 
cause of God, and of all mankind. We advise the members, one and 
all, to take temperance papers, such as the Spirit of the Age. printed 
in Raleigh, at .f 1 50 per year; The Communicator, edited by Bro. Pot- 
ter, Fayetteville, at ^1 per year. 

Respectfully submitted. 

E. BOZEMAN, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY. 

Your Committee, to whom was referred the consideration of the' 
"Baptist Publication Society," beg leave to submit the following Report: 

We cannot too strongly enforce on the minds of the Association, the 
importance of sustaining and encouraging this great enterprize, believ- 
ing as wc do, that it is our bounden duty as Baptists to gi-vs' our influ- 



11 

€nce and countenance to works of our own denomination, thereby en- 
abling the Society more fully to carry out the objects for which it was 
created. And as your Committee believe there is an absolute necessity 
for more denominational works to be disseminated, as there certainly 
"is great destitution; — besides, there is another matter connected with 
this subject which is inseparable from the best interest of the Churches, 
and that is Sunday School Libraries, which could be purchased at ex- 
tremely low prices at the Society's Depository; and it is certainly very 
desiral)le that every Baptist Church should have a Sabbath School, and 
it is equally desiral)le that they should have books that favor their own 
religious views. We deem it unnecessary, if we were prepared to give 
a. catalogue of the works published by the Society; but have no hesita- 
tion in saying that they are such as would be acceptable to the denomi- 
nation, and any individual or Church wishing to order books, can do so 
by addressing George Parks & Co., Depository Agents, Charleston, 
S. C. 

In closing this report, we submit the f()llowing Resolutions: 
Resolved, That this Association recommend to the favorable con- 
sideration of the Churches, the great importance of sustaining their own 
works, and these works can be had at the Depository above named. 

Resolved, farther. That all Pul)lications, as far as possible, be pur- 
chased from the Southern Baptist Publication Society, at its Depository 
in Charleston, S. C. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

BENJ. FREEMAN, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON BIBLE SOCIETY. 

Your Committee feel at a loss to report the doings of the Bible So- 
ciety at large, for the want of information from the parent Society; but 
Brethren, words would fail us to tell the great, the overwhelming im- 
portance of the objects of the Bible Society. The universal destitution 
of the Bible (the Bible the word of God,) what, we would ask, is man 
without it? little less than heathen, and yet lamentable to state, there 
are in our highly favored land, a land so abounding in the good things 
of this world, n)any families entirely destitute of the word of God. The 
Society connected with your Body has expended during the past year 
about Seventy Dollars in Bibles and Testaments, which have been in 
part sold and given away. It is si ill known that there is a considera- 
ble amount of destitution within the bounds of our Association, which 
ought to Ije supplied as speedily as possible. The idea of living in a 
christian land, where there are many families destitute of the word of 
God, is truly revolting, having too much the appearance of heathenism. 
Your Committee would recommend that your Society should use a part 
of its funds to employ the Missionary of the Board to carry with him a 
supply of Bibles, to seek out the destitute, and to furnish them with the 
word of life; and also that each Church belonging to this Association 
be furnished with Books to be sold or given avv'ay in its own vicinity; by 
which means, it is believed that the destitute may all be soon supplied. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN SMITH, Ch'n. 



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DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 



Sattjuday, October 1850. 

The Board came into session under the call of John Smith, President. 

Appointed Jas. Guy and Jacob Thompson Committee of Finance. 

The following individuals, Churches and representatives came for- 
ward and paid the sums annexed to their names to the Committee of 
Finance: 



Sam'l Duseiiberry, 


$5 


00 


Cedar Creek Ch 


urch. 


$7 25 


Jolin Smith, 


5 


00 


Buck Creek 




5 00 


Shaloate Churcli, 


5 


00 


Cross Roads 




3 00 


Bethel 


5 


00 


Bear Swamp 




5 00 


Fayettevilla " 


15 


00 


Porter Swamp 




5 00 


Eeulah " 


10 


00 


Hickory Grove 




5 00 


Mount Pisgali " 


5 


00 


Shiloh 




10 00 


Union " 


5 


00 


Macedonia 




5 00 


Spring Brand) " 


5 


00 


Cherry Grove 




5 00 


Pleasant Grove " 


5 


GO 


Antioch 




10 00 


C. Little, 


3 


no 


Mount Eliam 




2 50 


E. Smilh, 


2 


00 


Mount Zion 




5 00 


11. McDanlel, 


5 


00 


G. W. Gore, 




1 00 


G. W. Lennon, 


5 


00 


W. V. Gore, 




1 00 


Piney Grove Churcli, 


5 


00 


William Hickman, 


1 00 


D. B. Ayres, 


5 


00 


John Todd, 




1 00 


Chesnut Todd, 


5 


00 


Western Prong Church, 


5 55 


James Ellis, 




50 


Saddle Tree 


<( 


5 00 


Pleasant Plains Church, 


5 


uo 


Back Swamp 


C( 


4 00 


Jordan Cobb, 


2 


50 


Jacob Thompson 


» 


5 00 


Mill Creek Church, 


3 


00 


White Lake Chu 


rch, 


5 00 


Macedonia " 


3 


00 


Moses Warrick, 




5 00 


.lohn Harielson, 


1 


25 


Joseph Thompson, 


1 00 


Pleasant Hill Church, 


5 


00 


Mrs. Ann J. Mel 


I'in, 


2 00 


Brier Branch " 


10 


00 


J. W. Woodsides, 




10 00 


New Britain " 
Beaverdam, Bladen county, 


5 
5 


00 
00 












^249 55 


Proceeded to the election 


ofOffic 


ers for the ensuin^ year. 


H. Len. 



non was chosen President; R. McDaniel Sec. and Treasurer. 

Rev. F. Prevatt, Itinerant, reported. Report adopted, and ordered 
to be appended to Minutes. 

Agreed, that Bro. Prevatt be allowed ^175 for his services the past 
year. 

Ordered, that the Committee of Finance report, and pay over the 
amount received into the hands of the Treasurer. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer settle with Itinerants, for past services 
rendered this Board. 

On motion, opened a new suljscription. 

Appointed J. M. Beasley, M. Meares, B. Freeman, J. Smith, and E. 
Carlisle, a Committee to secure the services of an Itinerant for the 
ensuing year. 

On motion, adjourned to Monday. 

Mo^'DAY. 

Board met. Called for report of Committee to procure the services 
of Itinerant. 



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Committee reported they were unable to obtain, certain, the services 
of an Itinerant, but think the services of Bro. J. Allen probably may be 
secured. 

Appointed R. Wooten, Absalom Powell, H. Lennon, B. Freeman, 
and M. Meares, an f]xecutive Committee, to whom shall be referred 
the superintendence of Missionary operations during the ensuing year, 
in the bounds of the Cape Fear Baptist Association. 

Agreed, that the Itinerant, when obtained, shall have $1 per day for 
his services. 

Agreed, that Bro. Ayers be allowed the interest on what this Board 
is yet due him. 

On motion, adjourned to time and place of holding next Association. 

H. LENNON, President. 

R. McDANIEL, Clerk. 

REPORT OF REV. F. PREVATT— MISSIONARY. 

Dear Brethren: After you gave me the appointment as your Mis- 
sionary, as soon as I could make arrangements to leave, I endeavored 
to engage in the duties assigned me. I commenced my labors on the 
14th Dec, and found the state of the Churches much as I expected from 
the report of last year, and I can truly say, that my time devoted to the 
services of the Board, was unspeakably pleasant, which could not have 
l)een otherwise, from the kindness manifested by the people to me, 
where I travelled. I travelled 144 days; preached 140 sermons; bap- 
tised 22 persons. I was compelled to retire from my field of lal)or in 
July, owing to a severe attack of bilious fever. 

May the Lord bless the feeble efforts of his unworthy servant to the 
good of the people wherever he went, for Christ's sake. 

F. PREVATT. 

REPORT OF TREASURER. 

R. McDaniel, Treas'r, in ac't with Cnpe Fear Baptist Association, Oct. 1850. 

To Cash rec'd from Committee of Finance of C. F. Association, ^98 64 

To Casii remaining^ on liand last 3'ear, 90 

" '! rec'd from Com. of Finance of Domestic Mission Board, 249 55 

^$349 09 

CONTRA. 

By Cash paid Bro. Prevatt, - $175 00 

" " " Bro.Ayres, 21 GO 

" " " for Printing iMinutes, 37 00 

" " « Clerk, 15 00 

By Casli on hand, ]0l 09 

^349 09 



BIBLE SOCIETY. 

This Society was called info Session by John Smith. Appointed A. 
F. Powell and H. McAlpin Committee of Finance. 

The following persons, or their proxies, came forward and paid tho 
sums annexed to their names: 



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ll. Mc Daniel, 


^2 00 


S. Dusenberry, 


1 00 


J. M. Beasley, 


1 00 


J. H. Cobb, 


50 


J. Smith, 


1 00 


H. LennoQ, 


55 


H. McAlpiii, 


1 00 


F. Prevatt, 


1 00 


Wm. Mints, 


1 00 


Benj. Freeman, 


1 00 


C. Little, 
A. F. Powell, 


50 
1 00 








$12 55 


R. W., 


1 00 







Elected Rev. H. Lennon President, R. McDaniel Clerk and Treas'r. 

Ordered, that the fund? in hands of Financial Committee be paid over 
to the Treasarer of Bible Society. 

Agreed, that all funds advanced by the former General Agent of this 
Society, be refunded to him. 

Appointed Benj. Freeman, General Agent of this Society, for the en- 
suing year. 

Ordered, that the Ti'easurer now pay over the funds in hand, to the 
General Agent. 

On motion, adjourned to time and place of holding next Session of 
C. F. Baptist Association. 

H. LENNON, President. 

R. McDANIEL, Clerk. 

A DIGEST of the slate of Religion in the Association^ as indicated 
by the Church Letters. 

Antioch — This Church is in peace and union. Elder Haynes Len- 
non is Pastor. 

Ashpole — This Chiircii is in peace and harmony. Has had some 
accession. Elder Z. Bullock is Pastor. 

Back Swamp — Communicates nothing of importance. Enjoys the 
Pastoral services of Elder Z. Bullock. 

Bear Swamp — Elder W. Ayres is Pastor. Keeps up a regular 
prayer meeting; has been much revived and enlarged during the year. 

Beulah — Elder W. Ayres Pastor. Is in love and union; has had 
several additions to their number. 

Beaverdam, Bladen County — Is at peace among themselves — and 
though much tried, yet is not in despair. 

Beav'erdam, CoIum])us County — Has no Pastor and but little preach- 
ing; has reason to rejoice that she is in love and union. 

Bethel — Communicates nothing cheering. Increase not equal to de- 
crease. 

Bethlehem — Has no Pastor. Brotherly love abounds. 

Big Branch — Is not altogether in peace; has monthly prayer meet- 
ings. Elder Prevatt is Pastor. 

Brier Branch — No important change; desires the prayers of the As- 
sociation. 

Cape Fear — Has l)een blessed with a glorious revival of religion. 

Cedar Creek — Coldness and barrenness prevail. Eld. Jesse Rogers 
Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope — Has more reason to rejoice than to complain; de- 
sires the continuance of the Itineracy. 



15 

Cherry Grove — Is in peace .ind union. Eld. G. W. Hill Pastor. 

Concord — Coldness arid barrenness prevail. 

Cross Roads — Had no special changes; peace and union prevail. 
Elder E. Davis Pastor. 

Fayetteville — Has much reason to thank God and take courage; has 
had frequent accessions; has a flourishing Sabbath School; is under the 
Pastoral care of Elder N. A. Purify. 

Hickory Grove — Peace and love al)ound; have a monthly prayer 
meeting. Elder J. Stone supply. 

Iron Hill X Roads — Communicates nothing cheering; brotherly love 
prevails. 

Macedonia — The statistics of this Church indicate a low state of re- 
ligion. 

Macedonia, S. C. — Had no Pastor; enjoyed the labors of the Itine- 
rant. 

Mill Creek — Has had a revival, and enjoyed the labors of the Itine- 
rant. 

Mt. Eliam — Is in peace, and has the services of Elder J. Stone. 

Mt. Pisgah — Has experienced wintry and stormy weather, but hopes 
the Spring is about to open. 

Mt. Sinai — A new Church, in good order and under the care of Eld. 
G. W. Hill. 

Mt. Tabor — Peace, union, and brotherly love abound. Eld. G. W. 
Hill is Pastor. 

Mt Zion — Is in the unity of the Spirit and the bonds of peace; and 
has the services of Elder Z. Bullock. 

Mt. Zion, S. C. — Is in peace and harmony, and enjoys the labors of 
Elder Thos. G. Rogers. 

New Britain — But little increase in numbers, but are happy to say 
that the members are generally at peace with each other. 

Orange Street — This is a newly constituted Church; is in a pros- 
perous condition, and is under the Pastoral care of Eld. A. P. Repiton. 

Piney Grove — Has had an interesting state of things recently; seve- 
ral accessions. P]lder D. B. Ayres is their Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove — Is in peace and union; has no Pastor. Elder N. 
Martin supply. 

Pleasant Hill — This Church enjoys the labors of Elder Z. Bullock, 
whose labors among them have been abundantly blessed. 

Pleasant Plains — The statistics of this Church indicate a decrease of 
the membership. At present union prevails. G. W. Hill Pastor. 

Porter Swamp — By its letter indicates lukewarmness. Eld. H. Len- 
non Pastor. 

Providence — Peace, union and fellowship reign; have large and at- 
tentive congregations. Elder J. Munroe Pastor. 

Rock-Fish — Enjoys the smiles of a kind Providence, and is under 
the Pastoral care of Elder Jas. Cashwell. 

Saddle-Tree — Is in union and peace. Elder E. Davis Pastor. 

Seven Creeks — Communicates nothing cheering; enjoys the labors 
of Elder G. W. Hill and others. 

Shaloate — Enjoys peace and harmony. Eld. W. M. Mints, Pastor. 



/ 



16 



Sharon — Has had a very cold time, but hopes for a better state of 
things. Eld. T. G. Rogers is their Pastor. 

Shiloh — Dwells together harmoniously. Eld. H. McAlpin is their 
Pastor, whose labors have been much blessed. 

Spring Branch — Is not altogether in peace. Eld. Z. Bullock, Pastor. 

Union — Is in peace and union; desires a continuance of the Itineracy. 

While Lake — Had but little preaching; have a semi-monthly Prayer 
Meeting and a Sabbath School. %. 

Western Prong — Few changes of any note have taken place; have 
monthly preaching. Elder H. Lennon, Pastor. 



Cost of Printing, $37. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



IF©iEl'ir-[m^IlM5?SII eii.^^IE©M 



OF THE 



CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



HELD AT 



CEMK CRSEli, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N. C, 



Nov. 1st, 2ndj 3rd and 4th, 1851. 



WILMINGTON, N. C. : 
T. LORING, PRINTER, 

CORNER OF MARKET AND FRONT STREETS. 

1 Rfil 



Eltlffli]!?!! 



Saturday, Nov. 1st, 1851, 



The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appointment, by 
Elder William Ayres. from 6th chapter Romans, and 22nd verse. 

After an intermission of some fifteen minutes, the Association was called 
to order by the Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by Bro. Prevatt. 

A majority of the Churches being represented, the Association proceeded 
to business. 

Appointed J. M. Beasley, D. T. Everit, and John E. Lennon, a commit- 
tee of Finance. 

Chose Bro. R. M. McRackan, Assistant Clerk. 

After the reading of Letters, and recording the names of Delegates, the 
Officers were elected, viz : Haynes Lennon, Moderator ; Robt. M. McRack- 
an, Clerk and Treasurer, and R. McDaniel, Assistant Clerk. 

An invitation was extended to visiting Brethren : whereupon, Bro. James, 
from the Beulah Association, presented himself, and was invited to a seat 
with us. 

A committee was appointed to supply the Stage, during the session of 
the Association, consisting of Brethren : B. Freeman, J. Smith, M. Meares, 
D. P. West, and B. McKee. 

A committee of Arrangements, consisting of Brethren: A. Paul Repiton, 
W. Ayres, and R. M. McRackan, was appointed. 

Bro. W. Jones, from the Raleigh Association, was introduced, and invi- 
ted by the Moderator to a seat. 

Adjourned to 9 1-2 o'clock Monday morning. Prayer by Elder E. 
Davis, 



Sabbath. 

A large and respectable congregation assembled, notwithstanding the in- 
dications of rain. The services were commenced by Bro. James, of the 
Beulah Association, who preached from the 16th chap. Matthew, 26th 
verse : " For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and 
lose his own soul ? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?" 
Elder A. Paul Repiton followed immediately after with a missionary dis- 
course, from the 72nd Psalm, 16th verse : " There shall be a handful corn 
in the earth upon the top of the mountains : the fruit thereof shall shake 
like Lebanon : and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth." 
At the conclusion of this discourse, a collection was taken up for Mission- 
ary purposes. 

After a short intermission, the congregation was addressed by Bro. Jones, 
of the Raleigh Association, from the 3rd chapter of 2nd Peter; 10th and 
11th verses : " But the day of the Lojd will come as a thief in tne night: 
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the ele- 
ments shall melt with fervent heat : the earth also, and the works that are 
therein, shall be burned up." " Seeing then that all these things shall be 
dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation 
and godliness." The services for the day were then concluded. 



Monday Morning, 9 1-2 o'clock. 

The Association met. Reading the Scriptures and singing by the Mod- 
erator ; prayer by Bro. James. Names of delegates called over. An op- 
portunity was offered for visiting Brethren to present themselves. 

The committee of arrangements reported. 

The committee on the declaration of principles, reported that they had 
not performed that duty ; whereupon, the committee was continued, to report 
at the next session; to meet where they may think proper. 



Bro. McAlpin, as a messenger to the Union Association, reported. 

Bro. Cobb, as a messenger to the Pee Dee Association, reported. Breth- 
ren : Cobb, Bullard, Prevatt and H. Lennon, were appointed messengers to 
that body : and that H. Lennon should write the lettei' to be read before 
the Association. 

Bro. Thompson, as a messenger to the Welsh Neck Association, reported. 
Brethren : Wm. Ayres, Martin and D. B. Ayers, were appointed messengers 
to that body. Bro. Freeman was requested to prepare the Associational 
letter. 

At 2 o'clock Bro. James addressed the Association, on the subject of Fe- 
male Education ; whereupon the following preamble and resolution were 
adopted : 

" Whereas^ it has been deemed expedient, after general consultation, to 
establish a Baptist Female College, which has been located at Oxford, 
Granville county : and whereas such an institution has long been needed 
for the education of the daughters of Baptists, and of their.friends : There- 
fore, Resolved, That this Association fully concur in the propriety and import- 
ance of establishing said Female College, and do earnestly recommend it 
to the patronage and support of the Brethren and Friends throughout our 
bounds." 

The folio wmg preamble and resolution, submitted by Bro. Purify, was 
adopted : 

" It is with pleasure that we have received information, that efforts are 
now being made to endow Wake Forest College, and thereby enabling the 
Trustees to give tuition to Ministers, free of charge, which will greatly 
encourage ministerial improvement : Therefore, Resolved, That this Asso- 
ciation heartily approve the object, and recommend the Churches and 
Members composing this body, to aid with their funds the endowment of 
the College." 

Committees to visit Churches unrepresented, reported. To Mt. Moriah, 
that an opportunity was not afforded them ; to Mt. Carmel, that they had 
dissolved, and the members attached themselves to other Churches ; to 
Bethlehem, that they had departed from the faith of regular Baptists, with 
the exception of three, who have joined another Church, by the recommen- 
dation of the committee ; to Buck Creek, and Simpson's Creek, that sick- 
ness prevented ; to Macedonia, that she had made suitable concessions for 
her delinquency — which reports were received. 

A letter of admission was granted to the Fayetteville Church. 

The committee on Ministerial Education reported ; report was received, 
and ordered to be appended to the Minutes ; after which, Brethren : James 
and Jones, addressed the Association. 

Bro. McAlpin, appointed at the last Association to deliver a discourse 
on Temperance, did so, from 20th chapter Proverbs, 1st verse : "Wine is a 
mocker, strong drink is raging : and whosoever is deceived thereby is not 



wise." 



The committee on Bible Societies reported ; which was adopted and or- 
dered to be appended to the Minutes. 

The committee on the Baptist State Convention reported ; which report 
was received and ordered to be appended to the Minutes. 

The committee on Temperance reported ; report received, and its appen- 
dage to the Minutes ordered. 

A committee to examine candidates for Ordination, was appointed, con- 
sisting of Brethren : Repiton, Ayers, Prevatt, McAlpin and Bennet. 

The Association adjourned to allow the Domestic Mission Board a ses- 
sion. 

The Association met after the adjournment of the Board, and adjourned 
until 9 1-2 o'clock Tuesday morning. Prayer by Bro. Repiton. 



TuKSDAY, 9 1-2 o'clock. 

The Association met. Singing and reading a portion of Scripture by the 
Moderator. Prayer by Bro. Stone. 

Minutes read. Committee of Arrangements reported. A Committee 
was appointed to visit Beaver Dam Church, consisting of Brethren : Wm. 
Ayers, Prevatt, Stone, H. Lennon and G. W. Hill. 

The Committee on Finance reported $142 25 received from Churches 
and Collection on Sabbath, and ordered, after the payment of expendi- 
tures, that it be applied to the Domestic Mission Board. 

The Committee on Domestic Missions reported ; report received and or- 
dered to be appended to the Minutes. 

Ordered that 1,500 copies of the Minutes be printed. 

Ordered that the Clerk receive tv/enty dollars for his services. 

Committee to Honey Camp Church reported ; report received. 

Committee on the exammation of Candidates for the Ministry reported ; 
report received. 

Committee on Sabbath Schools and Publication Societies reported ; re- 
port received. 

Committees were raised to report on subjects at the next session of the 
Association, as follows : 

On Ministerial Education. — R. M. McRackan and L. Westcoat. 

Foreign Missions. — A. Paul Repiton and T. M. Chatterton. 

Domestic Missions. — H. McAlpin and D. T. Everit. 

Bible Societies. — Benj. Freeman and J. A. Rozier. 

Sabbath Schools and Publication Societies. — H, Lennon and F. Prevatt. 

Baptist State Co7ivention. — J. Smith and J. T. Honrine. 

Temperance. — Alva Smith and J. G. Powell. 

Religious Periodicals. — A. Paul Repiton and G. W. Lennon. 

The next session of the Association to be held at the Buck Swamp 
Church, Robeson county, N. C. on Saturday before the 1st Sabbath in 
Nov. 1852. 

Appointed Bro. Davis to preach the Introductory Sermon ; Bro. Cobb, 
Alternate. 

Appointed Bro. Repiton to preach a Sermon on the Final Perseverance 
of the Saints, on Monday, 12 o'clock. 

The Association to meet at 10 1-2 o'clock on Saturday. 

Resolved^ That we recommend to a general circulation, within our bounds, 
the Biblical Recorder, published in Raleigh, as the Organ of our Denom- 
ination. Also the Baptist Preacher, published in Richmond, Virginia, by 
Elder H. Keeling, it being an uncompromising advocate of Baptist prin- 
ciples. 

Appointed Bro's Ayres and McRackan to prepare a Digest of the State 
of Religion, as indicated in the Church Letters. 

The thanks of the Association were respectfully tendered the friends and 
brethren for their hospitality. 

The Association then called for a short session of the Domestic Mission 
Board. 

Association met and adjourned to time and place. 

Brethren : W. Ayers, J. Stone, F. Prevatt, Jacob Thompson, Elias Davis, 
B. Freeman, J. H. Cobb, N. Martin, John Smith, J. Monroe, D. B. Ayers, 
Absolam Powell, Joel Reaves, sen., H. Lennon, R. Wooten. D. Stanaland, 
G. W, Lennon, Ezekiel Smith, Joel Bennet, E. Bazaman, J. W.Woodside, 
J. T. Horine, H. McAlpin, S. Dusenberry, Alva Smith, and A. P. Repiton, 
to the next Baptist State Convention, to meet at Smithfield, Johnston Coun- 
ty, N. C, Thursday before the 3d Sabbath in October, 1852. 



TABLE OF STATISTICS. 







ca 


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O 


M 


O 


H 


> 


COUNTIES 




a 
-a 


re 


o 


35' 


X 


a 

C3 


o 


_ f 


AND 


DELEGATES. 




a- 


O 


3 


c" 


p. 


» 


E § 


CHURCHES. 




a. 




a 
p. 


m 

p. 


D. 

n 
a. 







iat'n 
id 


Robeson. 








Ashpole, 


W. Ayers, A. R. Pitman, Isham Pittman, 


6 


3 


1 


4 


3 


1 


228 


3 GO 


Antioch, 


G. Warwick, M. Mears, 


12 





2 


1 


3 


2 


140 


2 00 


Big Branch, 


M.Warwick,* W. B. BuIlard.G.Williams, 


8 


8 


3 





n 


1 


129 


2 00 


Mount Eliam, 


J Stone, E. Stone, Samuel Stone,* 








2 








1 


43 


1 00 


Back Swamp, 


P. Prevatt, J.Thomson, J. B. Thompson, 


10 


1 


2 


4 


3 


1 


91 


2 00 


Saddle Tree, 


E. Davis, E. Carlisle,* B. Freeman, 


1 


3 





1 








41 


1 50 


Providence, 


D. McGougan, A. McMillan, J. H. Cobb, 


1 








1 





1 


46 


1 50 


Pleasant Grove, 


J. R. Harman,* N. Martin. 





3 





1 





3 


69 


1 50 


Columbus. 




















Beaver Dam, 


E. Hinson,* J. Mercer,* G. W. Sellers, 











1 


2 


c 


111 


1 00 


Cherry Grove, 


Not represented. 


















Cross Roads, 


C. Ivy, J. E. Lennon, W. Lennon, 


3 








1 


2 


5 


111 


2 25 


Macedonia, 


N. L. Williamson, D. Shaw, W. Waters, 











7 


7 





72 


1 50 


Iron Hill X Roads, 


J. Todd, S. Wright,* M. Wright, 


3 








9 





3 


107 


1 50 


Mount Moriah, 


Not represented. 


















Mount Tabor, 


E. Phips, J. Soles,* E. Fowler, 


9 








5 








70 


1 00 


Mount Zion, 


C. P. Woodel, C. Jones, Levi Dew, 


2 





2 


1 


12 


1 


112 


1 50 


Pleasant Plains, 


N. Stevens, R, Ward, M. G. Sasser,* 


3 


2 


1 


1 








91 


1 50 


Porter Swamp, 


D.F.Williamson, A. Powell,* J.G.Powell 


7 


2 














105 


1 50 


Pleasant Hill", 


J. Frink, T. Thompson,* H. Thompson, 


3 


1 








2 





45 


] 00 


Seven Creeks, 


J. H. Long, J. Reaves,* J. H. Hughes, 


3 








2 


1 


3 


72 


1 50 


Western Prong, 


H. Lennon, R. Wooten,* A. High, 




















22 


1 50 


Bladen. 




















Beaver Dam, 


R. Fisher, E. Hall, N. Jones, 











5 


2 


1 


145 


1 50 


Brier Branch, 


T. Tatum, J. Downing, D. R. Cain, 


9 





2 





2 





139 


2 00 


Hickory Grove, 


R.M. Sessums,E. Johnson, D.Singletary* 


11 





3 








1 


80 


1 50 


Shiloh, 


J.Monroe, E. Ellis, Jesse Sykes, 


8 











2 


3 


120 


2 25 


While Lake, 


D. B. Ayres,* J. Carrol, D. H. Mashburn, 




















44 


1 50 


Brunswick. 




















Bethel, 


L.Wescoat,*S.Wescoat,R.M.McRackan, 











1 


1 





51 


1 00 


Beulah, 


J.Stanaland, D.Stanaland,* J.S.Thomas, 


8 








7 





2 


46 


1 50 


Cheerful Hope, 


G. W. Lennon, E. Smith, A. P. Daniels, 


4 





1 


2 


3 





50 


1 00 


Mount Pisgah, 


Not represented. 


















Mount Carmel, 


Not represented. 


















Mill Creek, 


Not represented. 


















jN'ew Britain, 


J. Bennet, E. Bozeman,* P. Milligan, 


1 


2 





2 





2 


141 


1 75 


Shallotte, 


S. Frink, J. Bennet,* G. W. Grisset, 








1 








2 


95 


1 00 


Union, 


C. V. Fullwood,* R. Woodside,* J. W. 




















Woodside, - - 


3 








2 





1 


19 


1 00 


Cumberland. 




















Cape Fear, 


W. Hollingsworth, J. Cashwell. N. H. 




















Jones, . . - - 


3 


1 


2 


8 


6 


1 


206 


3 00 


Cedar Creek, 


D T. Everit, V. Downing, J. R. Toller, 


5 


3 





1 


6 





80 


2 00 


Concord, 


J. Horn, H. Jones, D. Horn, 





5 


1 


2 


6 


1 


65 


1 00 


Fayetteville, 


J. M. Beasly, R. McDaniel, P. Taylor, 


5 


4 





6 


2 


2 


278 


3 00 


Piney Grove, 


J. T. Honrine, J. Guy, D. A. Buie, 


13 


4 














56 


1 50 


Rockfish, 


T. H. Massy, H.McAipin,J. Musclewhite, 











1 


1 





26 


50 


Marion, S. C. 




















Bear Swamp, 


S. Dusenberry, N. Bullock, D. N. Pa£e, 


21 


4 





1 


3 


5 


202 


2 00 


HoBRY, S. C. 




















Bethlehem, 


Not represented. 


















Honey Camp, 


J. Harrelson,* E.G. Powell, A. Jernigan, 


3 


18 


2 





2 


TO 


53 


1 09 


Macedonia, 


W. Hardy,* J. J. Ludlum,* J. Holmes, 


2 

















20 


4 00 


Buck Creek, 


Not represented. 


















United Churches, 


C. Varim,* C. Todd, 








1 


3 


O 


6 


70 


1 75 


Simpson's Creek, 


N. J. Cox,* J. S. Co.\,* J. P. Hardy,* 





3 





13 


1 





45 


1 00 


Spring Branch, 


A. Smith, J. GriflSn, H. Enzor, 


18 





1 





1 


1 


136 


2 00 


Wilmington. 




















Orange Street, 


A. P. Repiton. .L Creele, T. B. Barlow, 


1 


6 





3 


7 


2 


102 


2 00 


Mount Sinai, 


B. Harrelson,* J. Harrelson.E. H.Todd,* 


1 
189 


6 

79 



27 



96 



93 



51 


26 
4000 


5 00 




66 50 



Those marked thus (*J were absent. 



7 

REPORT ON FINANCE. 
Received this year from the Churches, $ 69 00 

Sabbath collection, 73 25 

$142 25 

J. M. BEASLY, Ch'yi. 
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

This is a subject, that is fraught with so much interest, and is of such 
infinite importance, that your Committee sensibly feel their inability to do 
it iustice. We readily admit, however, that education an(3 intellectual im- 
provement are not the only requisites to an efficient ministry ; we take it 
for granted that genuine piety is of the first importance, without which, 
all other qualifications are useless ; and we also admit that Grod, who 
shows his mdependence of human aid, by choosing " the foohsh things of 
the world to confound the wise, and the weak things to confound the 
things that are mighty," is perfectly able to promote his religion, and estab- 
lish his kingdom, without the assistance of what we call a talented and 
educated ministry. But the question is, is it not, nevertheless, our duty to 
improve the condition of our ministry in these respects ? Grod has chosen 
to commit to human instrumentality the work of extending the blessings 
of salvation, and the building up of his church on earth. If this be so, is 
it not clearly our duty to make this instrumentality as efficient as possible ; 
to employ all the means in our power to give it the greatest possible strength 
end eflfectiveness ? The work is a spiritual one, and as such, requires 
pious, spiritually-minded men to perform it. It is also an intellectual woik, 
and as such, requires intellectual men. No system of education will make 
spiritually minded men ; but in order to have an intelligent, able and influen- 
tial rhinistry, it must be educated. It is wholly impossible for any one to know 
the extent and range of his own mental powers, except by means of lite- 
rary cultivation. What we are, must remain in a good degree a secret to 
ourselves, until the tests of learning are applied to its development ; let 
these fail to be applied, and the mental element, how rich soever, will he 
dormant. The world is advancing in knowledge ; society is becoming 
more intelligent, and if it is necessary for the ministry to gain the respect 
of men before they can successfully operate upon them, then it is very ne- 
cessary, 3'ea, essential, that they should not be, or even thought to be, infe- 
rior in intelhgence. 

Your Committee would most earnestly call the attention of the several 
churches to a serious consideration of this very imoortant subject. 

n! a. purify, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON BIBLE SOCIETIES. 

Associations formed for the purpose of the general circulation of the 
word of God, have for a long time been exercising their heavenly influence 
upon the world, and are considered to constitute the peculiar ornament of the 
present century. A short history of some of these is here given, by way 
of which to stir up your pure minds to more activity and diiligence in the 
cause. As early as the y§ar 1780, a Bible Society was formed in England, 
for the purpose of circulating the Scriptures among soldiers and seamen, 
which distributed 20,000 volumes in twenty years. In 1792, a French 
Bible Society was formed in England, for the purpose of circulating the 
Scriptures in France, then almost entirely under the influence of Atheism : 
the beneficial influences of which were interrupted by the revolution in 
that country. In 1803, the plan of the British and Foreign Bible Society 
was originated by the Rev. Joseph Hughes, a Baptist' minister, and m 



8 

March, 1804, said society was formed, and continues its usefulness to the 
present day. The same year a German Bible Society was formed : and 
in 1814, the Prussian Bible Society, an organization that issued in twenty 
years 718,000 copies of the Scriptures; besides many other useful opera- 
tions in Europe. Similar societies have been formed in the United States, 
us early as 1809. The American Bible Society, consisting of all Evangel- 
ical Denominations, was formed in New York, in 1816, and continued to 
receive contributions from, and to distribute its funds among all the said 
denominations of which it was formed, until the years 1835 and '36, when 
the discussion arose as to the translation of the Greek word Baptizo ; at 
this time, owing to the decision of the American Bible Society on that sub- 
ject, the American and Foreign Bible Society was formed, consisting en- 
tirely of the Baptist Denomination, and was approved and adopted by the 
1 riennial Convention of the United States. Since which time, the Baptists 
of the southern States, from causes not necessary to be mentioned here, 
having formed a separate organization, have now no connection with the 
American and Foreign Bible Society, having formed a Bible Society of 
their own, located at Nashville, Tennessee ; to which board your commit- 
tee respectfully direct your attention. 

In hastily sketching this imperfect history of some of the Bible Societies 
of the world, the conclusion is inevitable, that God will cause " the wrath 
of man to praise his name."' Notwithstanding in these various organiza- 
tions, having for their object the general circulation of the Holy Scriptures, 
there have arisen contests and divisions owing to the diversity of opinions 
among men : yet all appear prosperous and active, each endeavoring in its 
own way to adorn the honor and glory of God, in the conversion of the 
world. 

The North Carolina Baptist Bible Society, connected with the Baptist 
State Convention, is in active operation, and holds its sessions annually at 
the time and place of the meeting of the Convention, and is under the 
control of a competent board of m.anagers, located at Oxford, N. C. through 
v.'hich the society connected with your body will act as an auxiliary. 

Brethren, v/ould that we had words sufficient to inspire your minds with 
the importance of this great Vv'ork. The Bible, the sword of the Spirit, is 
the great means of the conversion of the world ; without it, your ministers 
and missionaries would be useless ; without it, the heathen world never 
can be brought " to the knowledge of the truth." Brethren, let your hearts 
be opened to this great and good work ; give freely of the goods with 
which God has blessed you, to circulate his Word, the means of Grace, 
amongst the destitute : for his promise is, to bless the cheerful giver. 

JOHN SMITH, Ch'n. 

FOREIGN MISSION REPORT. 

Brethren : — We beg leave to submit the following Report. We have 
endeavored to get all the information on the subject of Foreign Missions, 
possible, which v.'e now give you briefly : 

CHINA. 

The Missionary Station, formerly at Canton, under Bro. Roberts and 
Lady, and sister H. Baker, so far as v^-e can learn, is discontinued, Bro. 
Roberts and Lady having ceased to be our Missionaries, and sister^H. 
Baker having moved to Shanghai. The Shanghai Mission seems to be in a 
prosperous condition; Brethren; J. L. Shuck, Geo. Pearcy, IM. T. Yates, 
with their wives, being there, and Brethren : A. B. Cabaniss, B. W. Whil- 
den, T. P. Crawford and Dr. G. W. Burton, are also expected to jom this 
Pvlission, as soon as possible. From the information obtained, they have 
four places of public worship : one in Shanghai, another about 12 miles 



southeast of it, and two others, the locality not stated ; at ail of which 
places they have good attendance upon the ministry, besides giving atten- 
tion to Sabbath and day schools. The Missionaries considering their duty 
as but partially performed, go from house to house, and there discourse to 
those benighted people about Jesus and the Resurrection. Christians have 
long been praying that China might be opened ; that praver has been an- 
swered, and the Missionaries of the Cross are there spreading the everlast- 
ing Gospel. These want aid from us, and we ask, can we refuse it and 
bloodr '' '''^"^ ^^""^ ^'°'P''' ^"^ '■''''''"' guiltless of their 

AFRICAN MISSION 
__ In this Mission we have eight male and two female Missionaries, with 
lour assistant teachers This Mission is divided into ten stations viz: 
Cape Palmas Sinou, Edina, Befly, Junk, Monrovia, New Georgia New 
y;irginia, Millsburg, and Louisiana. We are unable to say any thing pos- 
itive respecting thi. field of labor, but our constant prayer is, thlt God may 
bless he eftorts of his servants m that distant land, and that we may give 
hoera ly of our substance, as God has blessed us, for their support These 
are all the stations cq;ii,ng under the supervision of the southern Baptists 
and we would simply add, that the American Baptist Missionary Union 
are carrying on their operations at their various stations, and many of them 

W ourTiSV"''"'; /'^^ ?' t""""^""^ ^P^^^^ ^-^3^ be manifested r^or" 
by our hbeial support than it has heretofore been, and praying the blessing 
ot Heaven upon it, we submit this Report. ^^ ^ o uicssmg 

H. McALPIN, CAVi. 
REPORT ON BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. 

Your Committee would respectfully submit the following Report • That 
the institution is in a highly prosperous condition, and that an acquaint 
ance with its operations will endear it to us. We Recommend to the^Tsso- 
n f,lw rff Tr^^""' ""' ^"^ auxiliary, and the appointment of a goodly 
numbei of Delegates to its next session. H LENNON, Ch'n 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. « 

Your Committee on Temperance submit the following Report ■ Tem- 
ac eT^Hpn.^'^'f, '"^ virtue indisputable in makmg up The christian char- 
actei. Hence all organizations, tending to promote the growth of this 
mportant grace m the human heart, are'entitled to the warm sympathy 
'onshin o?^n??' r^^'^l'^ co-operation of all claiming the saS rek! 
S wh,nh^ ^'^'' °r ^^'f ■ ^'^^1^' by the fall, lost the moral puntj 
with which he came forth from the hands of the Creator • his afTections 
InL..r^"'i' he has been prone to seek enjoyment m habits of vice 
ttniS P' °^ "^V^'^ ''^'^^"^ ^°™^ ^i*^^ 1^^^ evei- assumed, none has ex- 
ended a more withering mfluence upon the happiness of mankind than 
^e use of intoxicating drink. With an eve to this, inspirahon poiits he 

"vS'Ser'tl.' "' °' ''V ?^ '^''' ^°'^^' procldmin'g in his LJs ^^^^^ 
m^inl in ? K " ''"^'^ thunders, " Wine is a mocker, strong dr nk is 
en?e ff ^htZT"?: ''f'"']''^ thereby is not wise." The sld exped- 
theHealpT. i i°^^'^P^''u ^^^"g^ ^^^^^ borne testimony to the truth of 
whilVt cZl. f °"'k ^""I"^ been mocked and deceived by it. Bu 

S^race " i "T^''' ^f' been borne on this adverse tide to temporal 

that « r.5^/ 1 ""u""' '"^""■^' '' ^bere no remedy ? We rejoice to say 
on.equent upon the use of mtoxicating drmk. th^ Temnpr^nr,. R.fovr. 



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has been instituted, and which has indeed been the benign star of hope, 
that has lightened up the dreary pathway of naany miserable drunkarda. 
In its offices of friendship, like the good Samaritan journeying from Jeru- 
salem to Jerieho, finding the unfortunate man having fallen among thieves, 
embraced him with the warm feelings of a generous heart, it finding 
multitudes of miserable, degraded beings, has by extending to them the 
liberal hand of friendship, administered the balm of peace and joy, to the 
consecrated heart of disquietude and misery. The cause of Temperance is 
rapidly progressing, in the fall of 1840, the Washingtonian enterprise be- 
gan, by the formation of six old topers into a total abstinence Society. From 
this small beginning, a mighty wave was put in motion, which for a time 
promised to overflow the land and obliterate from the earth the stains of 
black intemperance. In the fall of 1842, this ball which had been roUing 
■with such velocity, suddenly came to a dead halt, when some of the gal- 
lant band viewing the deplorable state of things — hundreds going back to 
their cups, and others growing cold and lukewarm, began to cast about 
and to mquire what should be done to infuse nev/ hfe and power into the 
Temperance cause. The result of their deliberations was the institution 
of the Order of the Sons of Temperance. On the 26th of Sept., 1842, the 
first Division of the Sons was instituted. On the 2ncrof May, 1843, Con- 
cord Division, No. 1, was established in Raleigh, being the 7th Division ia 
the world. The history of this organization has been one of triumph and 
progress from that time to the present. There are now about 7,000 Divis- 
ions in North America, with neajr 300,000 members. In North Carolina 
there are near SOO Divisions, with 12,000 members. There are but two or 
three Counties in the State in which the Order has not been instituted, em- 
bracing in its fold every grade and character of intellect and religion. It 
has been indeed like a gospel preacher proclaiming sight to the blind, 
strength to the lame, liberty to the captive, and a year of Jubilee. Thou- 
sands upon thousands, through this agency, and under the blessing of God, 
have been restored to themselves, famiUes, society, their country and church, 
and are nov/ redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled from the tyranny of 
the all pervading destroyer. Every neighborhood, village, town, city, and 
church, have hving monuments to its power to succor and to save. Bap- 
tists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians, Christians of every 
Denomination, Civihans of every shade of opinion, are all united in one 
bond of fellowship, to expel this scourge from the earth. ' It has effected 
much, and if its legitimate and original purposes be persevered in, (as we 
helieve they will be,) it is destined to drive intemperance from the land, and 
place the inebriate in a fit position to hear, understand, and appreciate the 
unsearchable riches of the salvation of God. Thousands of its redeemed 
sons have become hopeful converts to Christ, since their reformation, and 
the precious revivals of God's work, with Vv'hich so many portions of ouf 
State have been recently visited, attest that, the Order of the Sons of Tem- 
perance has been the forerunner — the John the Baptist — to prepare the 
•way for the purer and better light, which regenerates unto eternal hfe ! 
And so may they go hand in hand together ! Let the Sons and the Church 
be co-workers ; the former removing the great stumbling block and hin- 
drance to the ushering in of that brighter day, v/hen through the Church 
of the living God, Holiness to the Lord, shall be written on every land, 
and his kingdom spread from the rivers to the ends of the earth. 

In closing this Report, your Committee would respectfully recommend 
to the liberal support of this Association, that well edited, and neat little 
temperance journal, " The Spirit of the Age," the Organ of the Sons of 
Temperance of this State, Edited by A. M. Gorman, Raleigh, N. C, at 
$1/50 per annum, Hespectfully submitted. 



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DOMESTIC MISSIONS, 

Thg"Conimittee on Domestic Missions have endeavored to make a suita- 
ble Report on that subject ; they confess that it is but an endeavor ; they 
feel incapable of expressing properly its importance : for to the Missionary 
operations we are indebted for every blessing that we are possessed of; 
inasmuch as the Gospel is the basis of every thing good and great. To 
the heralds of the Cross we must attribute the liberty we now enjoy. — 
Jesus Christ committed his cause to Missionaries, and it has been trans- 
mitted from generation to generation, gathering strength, and diiFusing 
light more and more, until we at this day cannot realize what the world 
was, or would be, without the Gospel. To form an idea of its benefits, we 
must look into benighted lands and contrast our condition with theirs, and 
with all the light afforded hy history, our conceptions of the deplorable 
state of lands without it, must of necessity be very imperfect. 

Your Committee would urge upon you, as you value these high and in- 
estimable privileges, to awake to new diligence, and employ all the means 
possible, that every benighted spot, in this highly favored land, may bo 
enlightened : for on the propagation of the Gospel, depends all that we 
hold dear to us and ^o our posterity, 

R. M. McRACEAN, Ch'n. 

REPORT ON EXAMINATIONS., 

Your Committee on Esaminations submit the following : They hav© 
had Bro. A. Hall before them, and as far as christian experience, and a 
supposed call to the ministry are concerned, would, at the request of his 
Church, recommend him to Ordination, 

Respectfully submitted. 

H, McALPIN, Ch'n. 

EEPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SABBATH SCHOOLS AND 

P OBLIGATION SOCIETIES. 

Your Committee beg leave to submit the following Report : The sub- 
jects which have been entrusted to us, are of such weighty importance to 
religion, that we scarcely know where to classify them. Those who have 
had an acquaintance with Sabbath School operations, know that they are 
the greatest auxiliaries to the ministry and the church we have among us. 
It is there the first seeds of divine truth are sown and nurtured ; and from 
that nursery do we derive our ministers, missionaries, and most zealous 
members, both male and female, that adorn our churches. It cannot be 
otherwise, when we remember that our most devoted and zealous, as well 
as intellectual membership, with a love for the great cause of their divine 
master, actively engage in studying and communicating the result of their 
prayerful investigations to the youth entrusted to their charge. This great 
work being concurred in by pious parents, not only render it delightful but 
profitable to the Church and the cause of vital godliness. W© would, 
therefore, respectfully solicit our Churches, and all individuals, to take a 
more lively interest in this great and good work. 

Ttie Southern Baptist Publication Society, under the patronage of the 
Southern Baptist Convention, is well worthy the patronage of our Denom- 
ination south. A society in every respect adapted to our interests and 
wants, socially and religiously, should, by all means, be supported by us. 
Many of its denominational works have been sent forth from the pen of 
our own ministry. We therefore recommend our Churches. Sabbath 



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Schools, and brethren, to patronize the above concern by sending their or- 
ders to Geo. Parks & Co , Charleston, S. C. 

Respectfully submitted. 

A. PAUL REPITON, Ch'n. 

DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

Monday, Nov. 3rd, 1851. 

The Board came into session. Proceeded to the election of officers for 
the ensuing year. H. Lennon was chosen President ; R. M. McRackan, 
Clerk and Treasurer. 

Reports of Itinerants called for. 

D. B. Ayers, Itinerant, reported. Report was received and its append- 
age to the Minutes ordered, 

Joel Bennet, reported. Which report was received and ordered to be 
appended to the Minutes. 

William Ayers, reported. Report adopted and ordered to be appended 
to the Minutes. 

The Board approved of the course pursued by the Executive Committee. 

Committee of Finance reported $328 09, received from the former Trea- 
surer and the Churches. 

The Board appointed a Committee, consisting of H. Lennon, M. Mears, 
B. Freeman and G. Williams, to engage Missionaries. 

The Board directed the Treasurer to pay the Itinerants. 

The Board appointed an Executive Committee, consisting of H. Len- 
non, R. Wooten, A. Powell, B. Freeman, and M. Mears, with power to 
appoint a Missionary, or Missionaries, according to their judgment. 

The Board adjourned to time and place of the meeting of the next Asso- 
ciation. 



R. McRackan, CVk. 



H. LENNON, PresH. 



The following Churches and individuals came forward and paid the 
sums annexed to their names : 



Orange Street Church, 


8 5 00 


Beulah, 


$10 00 


Shallotte, 


5 00 


D. B. Ayres, 


5 00 


Union, 


5 00 


Spring Branch, 


5 00 


E. Smith, 


9 00 


Bear Swamp, 


10 00 


A. P. Daniel, 


3 00 


G. W. Lennon, 


5 00 


D. T. Everit, 


5 00 


Bethel, 


5 00 


Saddle Tree, 


5 00 


Big Branch, 


6 00 


Jacob Thompson, 


5 00 








Piney Grove, 


5 00 




$85 00 



REPORT OF D. B. AYERS. 

Dear Brethret^ : — After my appointment as a Missionary, bj the Board, 
I commenced that service in April, and found the Churches variously con- 
ditioned; some prospering, while others were in a cold and languid state; 
but was ever received with christian courtesy, and in many places had 
▼ery pleasant meetings. In my circuit I sold some valuable books, besides 
supplying many Churches with Sabbath School Books, and assisted in the 
formation of such schools, to the great satisfaction of brethren and friends. 
It was my happy lot to be at several protracted meetings, and can say in 
all truth, that the time spent in the service of the Board, was most delight- 
ful to myself, and hope that the seed sown in much weakness, may yet 
produce some fruit. I have travelled in the bounds assigned me by the 



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Committee, 122 days, and preached 113 sermons, and beyond that line, 
have travelled 40 days and delivered 25 sermons : baptising' but two, leav- 
ing that duty for the Pastors of the Churches, where there was one. Sick- 
ness has prevented my attendance at meetings tliis month. May the Lord 
bless the humble efforts of his feeblest instrument, is my prayer, for Christ's 
sake. 'D. B. AYERS.- 

REPORT OF JOEL BENNET. 

Dear Brethren : — In compliance with the wish of the Board, I endea- 
vored to make my arrangements for my field of labor, as early as possible. 
1 commenced on the 22nd of April, and found the state of the Churches in 
the same condition as were reported for the two last years. At every step 
in my progress, 1 was met by that kindness characteristic of the christian, 
and rejoiced most heartily in the contemplation of the blessed effects of 
the Religion of my Divine Master; a religion which alone can diffuse joy 
and peace wherever it is propagated. I travelled 65 days ; preached 69 
sermons, and baptised 4 persons. The sickness of myself and family com- 
pelled me to retire from the field of my labor. May the Lord bless the 
feeble efforts of his unworthy servant, to the good of the people, is my 
prayer, for Christ's sake. JOEL BENNET. 

REPORT OF WILLIAM AYERS. 

Dear Brethren : — It becomes my duty to inform you of the disposition 
I have made of my time, as your Missionary, the past Associational yes.r, 
I conimenced my labors in April, and found the Churches in my field highly 
gratified with the arrangement of the Board ; and the fields of labor as- 
signed us as Missionaries, met their warmest approbation. I have found 
better congregations this, than any previous year, and the only difficulty 
1 found was, that I could not go sufficiently often among them, and give 
them more of my time. I feel truly thankful to the Churches, and to non- 
professors, for their great kindness to me. I have travelled for the Board 
112 days, differing somewhat from the first arrangement of the Committee, 
to which they afterwards agreed. I have stated to the Churches, that it 
was their indispensable duty, to support the Ministers in the bounds of the 
Association, and v/ith one exception, heard no opposition. I have baptised 
this year, within my limits, 88 persons, and left ray circuit, October 15th. 
May the blessing of Heaven rest upon the labors of one of the unworthiest 
of his servants, for Christ's sake. Farewell, WM. AYERS. 

R. M. McRackan, Treasurer, in account with Cape Fear Baptist Associa- 
tion, Nov. 1851; 
To cash received from Committees, $484 34 

$484 34 







contra 


By cash paid Bro. 


W. Ayers, 


li u a 


(( 


D. B. Ayers, 


« tc a 


u 


J. Bennet, 


(C (( (C 


IC 


Clerk, 


a a u 


a 


for printing Pv'IinuteSj 


By cash on 


hand, 





$112 00 


162 


00 


65 


00 


20 


00 


40 


00 


76 


34 



BIBLE SOCIETY. 



$484 34 



This Society was called into session. H. Lennorr, President; R. M. 
McRackan, Treasurer and Clerk. 



SS?ORT 05* THE AGENT OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY. 

Amount received from Treasurer last year, $12 55 

" " " Eider H. Lcnnon, subsequent 

to last meeting, 12 67 
« « for Books sold, 30 68 

Respeetfullj submitted, $55 90 

B. FREEP,1AN, Ag't 

The Comijiittee of Finance reported $14 received, v/hich amount was 
paid over to the Treasurer, 

Appointed the Executive Committee of the Associatioti, as the Execu- 
tive Committee of the Bible Society. 

Adjourned to time and place of next Association. 

The follo-jrlng persons paid the sums annssed to their names to the Bible 
Society 



I. Smith, 


@l 00 


H. Lennon, 


ii 00 


B. Freeman, 


1 00 


Joseph Thompson, 


1 00 


F. Prevat, 


1 00 


Jesse Sykes, 


50 


R. McDanielj 


2 GO 


A. P, Repi.ton, 


1 00 


H. McAlpin, 


I 00 


Alva Smith, 


1 00 


J. M. Beasley, 


1 00 








D. T. Everit, 


1 00 




$13 50 


P. P. Hollina, 


1 00 







A DIGEST of the SMt of Religion, m the Assoeihtion, as indicakd by the 

Church Letters. 

Antiocli — This Church is in a most prosperous condition ; has a large 
and flourishing' Sabbath School. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Ashpole — This Church is in peace and harmony, and has had some in- 
crease. Eider Zadek Bullock is Pastor. 

Back Swamp — This Church is in the enjoyment of christian fellovsrahip-. 
Elder F, Prevatt is Pastor. 

Bear Swamp — This Church has had a gracious revival of religion ; 
also keeps up a regular Sabiaath School. Eider W. Ayers is Pastor, 

Beulah — This Church is prospering : having lately had a revival with 
some accessions ; ehe has a Sabbath School. Elder W, Ayers is Pastor. 

Beaverdam, Bladen County — Nothing to communicate. Eider T, Smith 
is Pastor, 

Beaverdam, Columbus County — This Church gpeaks of difiiculties. — 
Elder A. Noble is Pastor. 

Bethel— Has nothing to communicate special, except a Sunday School 
in operation. Eider W, Ayers is Pastor. 

Big Branch — This Church ha? had a considerable revival. Elder F. 
Prevatt is Pastor. 

Brier Branch — This Church has had a revival. No Pastor. ^ 

Cape Fear — This Church complains of difiicuities. Eider H. McAlpin 
is Pastor, 

Cedar Creek — This Church complains of coldness, with many and seri- 
ous difiicuities. 

Cheerful Hope — This Church has a Sourishing Sabbath School. Elder 
G. W, Lennon is Pastor. 

Concord — Has a prospect of better times than the present. Elder T. 
Smith is Pastor. 

Cross Roads — Has love among themselves. Elder E. Davis is Pastor. 

Fayetteville — Nothing special. Elder N. A. Purify is Pastor, 

Hickory Grove~Is in a prosperous condition, Elder J, Stone is Pastor. 



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Honey Camp — Ig m harmony. Elder Z. Bullock is Pastor. 

Iron Hili X Roads— Has nothing special. W, Mmt^ is Paatof. _ 

Macedonia— Has improved somewhat since the last Association. J. 
Stone is Pastor. 

Macedonia, S. C. — Has had no Pastor ; enjoyed the labors of the Itin= 
erant. 

Mount Eliam — Is in peace. Elder J. Stone is Pastor. 

Mount Zion — Communicates notiiing special ; has had the services of 
Elder D. J. Ray. 

Mount Sinai — Is in peace and union ; has had but little preaching, ex- 
cept by the Itinerant. Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Mountation — Has no Pastor ; is in peace and union. 

New Britain — Has nothing to communicate. Elder J. Bennet is Pastor. 

Orange Street, Wilmington — Thinks there are indications of a reviving 
interest. Elder A. P. Repiton is Paster. 

Pine Grove — Communicates nothing special. D. B. Ayers is Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove— -Is in peace. 

Pleasant Hill—Has a Sabbath School. Elder Z. Bullock is Pastor, 

Pleasant Plains — This Church is in good order. There is a Temper- 
ance Society in the neighborhood, which includes some of the prominent 
church members. G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Porter Swamp — Has had a revival. H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Providence — Has attentive congregations, J. Monroe is Pastor. 

Rockfish — Is in. the enjoyment of peace ; has had the labors of D. B. 
Ayers, as Itinerant. 

Saddle Tree — Is in brotherly love. Elder E. Davis is Pastor. 

Seven Creeks — Has nothing to communicate. Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Shallotte — Has a flourishing Sabbath School, and is expecting a season 
of revival. Elder W. M. Mints is Pastor. 

Shiloh — Is in harmony, but in a cold slate. Elder H. McAlpin is Pastor. 

Spring Branch — Speaks of an improvement in discipline. Elder F. Pre- 
vatt is Pastor. 

Simpson's Creek — Communicates nothing. 

Union — Is in peace. 

United Church — Communicates nothing important. Eider T. G. Rogers 
is Pastor. 

White Lftke — Is in union ; has the services of D. B. Ayers as Itinerant 

Western Prong — Has lar^e and attentive congregations. Eider H. 
Lennon is the Paator. 



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urn Fill iAFTM ASSOCIATION 



HET,D AT 



Back §wamp, Rotocsow Co^Jntf^, iV. €,, 



Nov. mh, 7<b ':^';; aTiil Sdi, 1C52. 



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?JMKTED AT TliE 'HERALjD" BOOK ANi> JOB OFPIOK, 

WILMINGTOxN, N. C, 



Saturday, Nov. 6th, 1852. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appoint- 
ment, by Elder E. Davis, from 3d chap, of PhiUippians, and 3d verse. 

After an intermission of twenty minutes, the Association was call- 
ed to order by the Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by 
Brother H. McAlpin. 

A majority of Churches being represented, the Association pro- 
•ceeded to business. 

Appomted as a committee of Finance, Bright Williams, Arthur 
Melvin, and John E. Leniion. 

Appointed as Assistant Clerk, J. C. Powell. 

After the reading of Letters, and recording the names of Dele- 
gates, the Officers were elected, viz : Haynes Lennon, Moderator ; 
Robt. M. McRackan, Clerk and Treasurer ; and James C. Powel, 
Assistant Clerk. 

An opportunity was afforded newly constituted Churches to pre- 
sent themselves for admission into the Association, when the Spring- 
field and White Marsh Churches were received. 

Corresponding messengers from sister Associations were invited 
to present themselves. Brethren Harman from the Welsh Neck, 
and Leach and D, Monroe from the Pee Dee Associations, came for- 
ward and were invited to seats with us. 

A committee was appointed to supply the stage, during the session 
of the Association, consisting of Brethren Jacob Thompson, J. B, 
Thompson, Norman Martin and Moses Meares. 

A committee of Arrangements, consisting of Brethren William 
Ayers, Haynes Lennon and F. Prevat, was appointed. 

A committee of Vigilance, consisting of Brethren Bright Williams, 
J. D. McNeill and Isham Pitman, was appointed. 

Brother Haynes Lennon was appointed to preach the Missionary 
Sermon on to-morrow, Sabbath, 

Association adjourned to 9 1-2 o'clock Monday morning. Prayer 
by Bro. \V. Ayers. 



Sabbath. 

A most inauspicious morning. The rain began to fall at an early 
hour; and continued until 1 o'clock, P. M., yet a large Meeting House 
protected a numerous congregaaon during the services. 

At 10 o'clock tlie services were begun bv Bro. Hai-nian, who preach- 
ed from Romans 10th chap, and 13th v. ''For whosoever shall call 
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Elder H. Lennon fol- 
lowed immediately after with a missionary discourse, from Romans 
5th chap, and 1st V. "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have 
'^eacsjL^i.,(3^d, I'hrougli onr Lord Jesuf? Christ." 



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ReUgwiis^Penodicah, — A. Paul Repifon andG.-W. Letinon. 

In the last Minutes it was stated tiiat the Fayetieville Church had" 
obtained a letter of admission, it should read, had granted a letter 
of Dismission. 

Bro. McAlpin was authorized to prepare a suitable letter to the 
Union Association. 

The letter to the Welsh-Neck Association v/as read and approved 
by the body. 

Bro. H. Lennon was authorized to prepare a suitable letter to the 
Pee Dee Association. 

The foliownig Brethren wereapponited messengers to correspond- 
ing Associations: I'o the Pee Dee, Jacob Thompson,- F. Prevat and 
W. B. BuUard. Tjtfee Union, H. McAlpin, H. Lennoo and A. Mel- 
vin. To the Welsh-jSeck, A. R. Pitman, N. Martin and' A'. Andrews. 

The Clerk of the Association was directed to inform the Treasu- 
rer of the Convention, Forestville, Wake county, the amount ex- 
upended in Domestic Missions. 

The Clerk authorized to prepare a digest from the letters, and 
also to appoint Delegates to the Convention. 

Ordered, that 1500 copies of the Minutes be printed. 

The Clerk allowed Twenty Dollars for his services. 

The Association adjourned to give the Domestic Mission Board a 
-session. 

The Financial Committee reported $206 35, in money, and 
^98 12 in acknowledgements. 

Bro. Prevat reported. 

Committee to select Ministers reported. Report received. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer pay tlie Itinerants according to their 
reports. 

A Committee was appointed to arrange the unfinished business of 
the Board, consisting ot H. Lennon, F liennon, R. Wooten, A. Pow- 
el B. Freeman, M. Meares and W, B. Bullard. 

The Board adjourned to allow the Association an opportunity to 
complete its business. 

The Associatioi; resumed its session. 

A letter from the Wilmington Chuich relative to the ordination of 
Bro. Wm. Howard, vv^as received, and its request granted. The Min- 
istry directed to assist in the ordination whenever required. 

'I'he thanks of the Association were respectfully tendered to the 
neighborhood for then- hospitable entertainment. 

Association adjourned. 

HAYNES LENNON, Moderator. 

R. M. McRackan, CJerk. 



Bible Society came into session. The officers of the past year 
were re-elected. B. Freeman and .T. C. Powel, as committee of Fi- 
nance, reported as having received $6 25. 



An Executive Committee, consisting of H, Lennon, F, Lennon, 
Ab. Powell, R. Wooten and B. Freeman, to meet at the Cross Roads, 
2d ThurF.dav in Decern i'-er. 1852. ' , 



IfMIiKX, 



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COUNTIES 

AND 

CHURCHES. 



DELEGATES. 



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Ash Pole, 
Antioch, 
Big Brinch, 
Mt. Eliam, 
Black Swamp, 
Saddle Tree, 
Providence, 
Pleasant Grove, 
Columbus. 
Beaver Dam, 
Cherry Grove, 
Cross Roads, 
Macedonia, 
Iron Hill X Roads, 
Mount Moriah, 
Mount Tabor, 
Mount Zion, 
PUasaut Plains, 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Mount Sinai, 
sSeven Creeks, 
White Marsh, 
Western Prong, 

Bladen. 
Beaver Dam, 
Brier Branch, 
Hickory Grove^ 
Shiloh, 
White Lake, 

BaoNawiCK. 
Bethel, 
Beulah, 

Cheerful Hope, 
Mount Pisgah, 
Mount Carme!-j 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shallotte, 
Union, 

Cdmbeblanb. 
Cape Fear, 
Cedar Creek, 
Concord, 
Piney Grove, 
Rock Fish, 

Mahiok. 
Bear Swamp, 
Horry. 
-Honey Camp, 
Macedonia, 
Birok Creek, 
United Chyrcb, 
Sinipson't: Cwiek, 
i^priiig Brancbj 
Springfield, 

WiiLM!::«OTi>w, 
Orange Street. 



W. Ayers, A. R. Pitman, Isham Pitman, 
J. W. Smith, G. Warwick, M. Meares, 
W.B.Bullard,B. Williams, M. Warwick. 
Isham Slone, S.Stone, Willis Larson, 

F. Prevat, J. D. .VicNeil, Ailred Biggs, 
E. Davis, W. Powel, Joseph Rally, 

J. H. Cobb, G. E. Cobb, D. McGugan, 
J. Moore, l^orman Martin, 

C.Sole,* S. P.Todd* William Ward, 
J H Buffkin,* J Strickland, B H Buffkin,* 
J. E. Lenuon, J. M. Lennon, F. Lennon, 
N L Williamson, WW Brown, J Edmonds 
J. H.Standly,* J.Todd, McL. Wright, 

Not Represented. 
E. Phips, J. Harrilson, Arringtou HinsoBj 

D. J. Ray, C. Jones, S Sasser, 

G. W. Hill,N. Stephens, C. Sasser, 

L. J.Yates, A. Coleman, M. D. Coleman., 
S. Frink, H. Thompson, T. Thompson,. 

E. H. Todd, S. Harnlson, J. E. Harrilson), 
J. Long,* J. C. Staudly,* J. Stephens,* 
G, P. Woodel, N. Ray, L. Dew, 

H. Lenuon, J. C. Powel, A. High, 

R. Fisher, N. Jones, D. B. Melvin, 
T. Tatum, J. irtcCGll* D. W. Downing * 
R. M. Sessoms, E.Johnson, E. D. Joiinsou, 
Jno. .Monroe, Jessee Sykes, Jno. Smith,* 
K. Carrol, J. Carrol,* W. H. Russ, 

L Wescoat *S Weacoat,* R M McRackan 
S. B.Stanaland,* W. J.iStanaland, W.J. 

Gore,* 

G. W. Lennon, J. .\ve, C. J. Bird, 
R. W Holden,* E. Sellers,* J. D. Hewitt,* 

Not Represented, 

Not Represented. 
J. Russ, D. McKeithan,* S. Milligan,* 
W. M. Mints, H. Hewitt. J. Gore,* 
R. Woodsides, P. Lewis,* C V Fullwood,* 

W Holing8worth,i Plummer,C B Tyson, 
A. Melvin, D. P. West, W. C. West, 
H. Jones. John Riley,* J. Horn,* 
J. Guy, W. H. Melvin, D. J. Taylor,* 
H. McAlpin,Jas. Wilder, Jas. CashweJl, 

S. Dusenberry, N. Bullock, D. M. Shaw, 

.A.Jarnegan,* H. Williamson, EC Powel, 

Wi!i;ajn rr.,;dv,Lev. Jrialti, 

J Hardy, IJ. Hardy,* E. Hughes, 

C. Tod.J.Wm. M. Uiihjis. 

N - S .. Cox, S . Hush^<>s, A . J. Hardy, 

A.Siaith,"^ W. Griifiii,*S. Worley. 

J. Gv Gore,* E, F.hjckinau, W. Hughes. 



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MIMST'ERIAL EDLCATION. 
Tins subject lias been com milled to us, and your committee' feel that one' 
ot larger importance could not have been gfiven to them; they feel their 
inadequacy to do that justice vvhich it requires at their, and at the hands of 
those speaking or writing on it. An Education is what all desire, and sure- 
ly that desire should be cultivated to the greatest possible extent ; it should 
yield to nothing save in the attainment of that Holiness, without which it 
is impossible to see the face of God in peace. The iriind is that part of 
our being which constitutes the man ; it is mind^ enlightened mind, that has 
made the lightning; obedient to its will, and convey communications in the 
twinkling of an eye without regard to distance, and as to the inventions 
that are yet unborn, who can, who will presume to set bounds to the cultis 
vated, tiie disciplined, the educated mind of man. All things in nature 
seem to bend to its will, and the day has arrived when you hear the expres- 
sion from all, that impossibilities are seemingly overcome. 

If such be the effects in things temporal, what think you will follow a 
mind of like ardor, tutored in t!)ings Divine — inspired with that love which 
Cometh down from Heaven, which beareth all things, which hopeth all 
things, which belleveth all things? We have an answer to the question' ill 
the character of St. Paul ; brought up at the feet of Gamaliel, skilled in 
all the learninor of the aare, he was enabled to contend successfully with 
the wisdom and philosophy of the famous Athens. A mind imbued with 
love divine, and skilled in knowledge, will be able to put to shame all op- 
position, being. armed in truth it must as a consequence triumph. 

Your committee deem it unnecessary to swell this report to an unusual 
size where all are convinced of the great necessity of an Educated Minis- 
try. They, however, would have it distinctly understood, that they are in 
no wise detracting from those now in, and who have been in the field, 
whose lot has been other than advantageous. They have done well, and 
-nobly borne the Banner of the Cross wherever they have preached; having 
done, and still doing the work assigned them, they merit our hearty support 
and apprabalion. While, however, we continue such in the field as have 
■given satisfactory proof of their calling, let us with that magnanimity 
which becomes our profession, give every one of us as we may be able 
annually, to the Wake Forest College, and endeavor to raise a fund in eve- 
ry Church, that we may be able to give that Institution something worthy 
-of the Cape Fear Association. 

Brethren: The time of hope 

And of probation speeds on rapid wings, 

Swift and returnless. What we have to do, 

Do with our might. 

L. WESCOAT. 



SABBATH SCHOOLS AND PUBLICATION SOCIETIES. 

These subjects have been brought before us year 'after year, until every 
■family within our bounds has had "line upon line." They have not re- 
ceived that attention which their importance demands. Sabbath Schools 
have, however, increased in numbers and interest during the past year; but 
Publications have been negleded. 

>.oui- committee would urge the necessity upon the leading members of 
the Churches composing this Association, to take hold of these subjects, 
and carry them practically intc effect, until every Church shall have a Sab- 
bath School and Library, and the Association a Depositors of the Societies 
Publications. Respectfully submitted, 

HAYNES LEIf.NON, Ch'n. 



BIBLE SOCIETIES. 

The undersigned, lo whom was referred the subject ui the Bible 
cause in the Cape Fear Association, report: That ni their opinion, 
the present mode of operation falls far short of accomplishing the 
object for which the society was created, viz: the dissemniation of 
the word of Life to the destitute ni our bounds. The Agents being 
located, and the books consequently kept in one place, but few can 
be supplied, and many that are most needy cannot be supplied at all. 

We would suggest to the Society the propriety of appointing our 
Itinerants as Agents to sell, and otherwise dispose of the books now 
on hand, and employ the funds now in the Treasury, in the pur- 
chase of more Bibles. If our people could realize the importance 
of reading our own Denominational works, then, we Avould recom- 
mend that our Itinerants be requested to act as Colporteurs, and a 
per centage allowed sufficient to remunerate them for whatever in- 
convenience they may suffer. We would further recommend, that 
the Society or its Agents purchase such books as are calculated to 
enlighten and convince the minds of all, as to our Denominational 
sentiments. If books were thrown around us, among those who are 
denied the privilege of obtaining them unless brought to their doors, 
a desire for information would be the consequence, and intelligence 
be diffused throughout the Associational ground. 

Trusting that the Society may devise some plan for the more 
general spread of the Holy Scriptures, we submit the foregoing. 

Respectfully, BENJAMIN FREEiMAN. 



BEAVER DAM CHURCH. 
Beloved Brethren : I, as one of your committee to the Beaver Dam 
Church, report, that I attended to the part assigned me, and found 
the difficulty happily settled. WILLIAM AYERS. 



REPORT OF F. PREVATT. 

Dear Brethren : Soon after having -received the appointment of 
the Domestic Mission Boa-rd, I commenced travelling in the section 
assigned me; in consequence of which, I have been present when 
the people seemingly enjoyed some precious seasons of Divine grace. 
I commenced on the loth April, since that time, (besides the services 
I have rendered the Churches that had been previously promised 
my services as pastor,) I have travelled ninety-one days, preached 
ninety sermons, and baptized thirty-six persons. I received from 
the Hickory Grove Church, Two Dollars and fifty-iive cents. May 
the Lord abundantly bless his own word to the good of the people, 
is my most hearty prayer for Christ's sake. 

FURNEY PREY ATT. 



REPORT OF WILLIAM AYERS. 
dear Brethren : I present you the following report. My services 
tor the Board were ccmm'jnced in April and continued to Nc-ember. 



10 

I foufld the Churches in the same condition ni which they Avere left 
by me. The opposition to the Ministry is giving way, and the cry 
now is, come over and help us. I have travelled one hundred and 
fifty-eight days, baptized seventy-nine persons, and assisted the 
Churches in their conferences as oft as possible. Much has been 
done since the commencement of Missionaries, and much remains 
to be done, through the instrumentality of preaching, therefore, let 
us work while it is day, making all possible efiorts to bring our fel- 
lows to take upon them the yoke of the Gospel. You will see what 
I have collected from the Churches and friends by the list given the 
Secretary to be placed in the minutes of the Board. Permit me to 
give you my thanks, brethren and friends, for all the kindness shown 
me, and may God's blessing attend you all. 

WILLUM AYERS. 



REPORT OF D. B. AYERS. 

Deal Brethren : It again becomes my duty to report my Missiona- 
ry labors in the field assigned me by your Executive Committee. 
1 commenced my operations on the 9th of April, and found my ap- 
pointments well attended; perhaps better than was expected, and 
my health gradually improving. In consequence of an accident in 
May, I was disappointed in attending any of my appointments ex- 
cept Hickory Grove, and had well nigh caused a lailure in June. 
With these disadvantages I have endeavored to discharge my du- 
ties through Grace, "in all my best," committing the result to him, 
who alone is able to bring strength out of weakness. Though we 
have had no great revivals, yet we have had many pleasant meet- 
ings. I have travelled ninety-four (94) days, including rest, deliver- 
ed seventy-eight sermons and exhortations, baptized five or six indi- 
viduals, received Ten Dollars and seventy cents, viz: $S,50 at Cape 
Fear and $2,20 at Concord. 

May the Lord of the harvest fitly qualify and send out more la- 
borers into his vineyard, "For the harvest truly is great but the 
laborers are few." Respectfully submitted, 

D. B. AYERS. 



The following persons came forward and paid the sums annexed 
to their names, to the Bible Society : 

Rev. H. Lennon, ^1 00 

Jesse Sykes, 25 

H. Lennon for J. W. Gore, 1 00 

Norman Martin, t /a t/ \ ^ ^^ 

Rev. G. W. Lennon/u-tfeV- ^t i'^f^^] ^ 00 

A. F.Powell, *i r^ J 1 00 

R, M. McRackan, 1 00 

$6 25 



11 



Robt. M. McRackan, Treasurer, in account with the Cape Fear Baptist 

Association, Nov. 1852 : 

To cash received from Commiltees, 
Casli on hand. 



By cash paid Bro. W. Ayers, 
'' " D. B. Avers, 
" •« F. Preva'lt, 
" ♦♦ H. Lennon, 
" Clerk, 

" Printing Minutes, 

on hand, 






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$397 65 
85 34 



CONTRA. 






S158 00 




94 00 




91 00 




10 00 




20 00 


es, 


40 00 




69 99 



^482 99 



$482 99 



The following Churches and individuals came forward and paid the 
sums annexed to their names: 



Mt. Pisgah, 


$10 


50 


paid W. Ayers, 


$5 


50 




Piney Grove, 


5 


00 


Providence, 






3 00 


C. J. Byrd, 


2 


00 


Western Prong, 






6 50 


Orange St. Church, 


5 


00 


Back Swamp, 






10 00 


Shiloh, 


5 


00 


Big Branch, 






10 00 


John Ellis, 


2 


00 


Spring Branch, 






5 35 


Mt. Elam, 


5 


00 


Cross Roads, 






10 00 


United Churches, 


5 


00 


Shallotte, 






9 00 


Beaver Bam, Bladen, 


5 


00 


Union, 






5 00 


Cheerful Hope, 


12 


00 


Saddle Tree, 






6 00 


Porter Swamp, 


5 


00 










D. B. Ayers, 


5 


00 acknowledged by 


D. 


B. Ayers. 


Honey Camp, 


. 4 


00 Do 


W. 


Avers. 




Macedonia, S. C, 


4 


00 Do 




Do 




Simpson's Creek, 


11 


00 Do 




Do 




Buck C reeky 


10 


00 Do 




Do 




Beulah, 


10 


00 Do 




Do 




Beaver Dam, Columbus, 


2 


00 Do 




Do 




Mt. Sinai, 


8 


50 Do 




Do 




Iron Hill Cross Roads, 


7 50 Do 




Do 




Mt. Tabor, 


3 


90 Do 




Do 




Springfield, 


6 


00 Do 




Do 




Seven Creeks, 


11 


00 


Antioch, 






$10 00 


New Britain, 


5 


00 


Cherry Grove, 






5 00 


Pleasant Hill, 


10 


00 


Macedonia, Columbus, 


5 00 


Ash Pole, 


5 


00 










Mt. Zion, 


5 


00 acknowledged by 


H. 


Lennon. 




White Marsh, 


5 


00 Do. 




Do 




Brier Branch, 


3 


00 


Hickory Grove, 






$6 45 


Pleasant Plains, 


5 


50 


White Lake, 






6 00 


Cape Fear, 


8 


52 acknowledged bv D. 


B. Ayers. 


Concord, 


2 


20 Do 




Do 




Cedar Creek, 


5 


00 


W. J. Toller, 




- 


1 00 


H. McAlpin, 


5 


00 











]2 

The folloM'ing Bretlircn were appointed Delegates to the Baptist State 
Convention to be held at Tarborough, N. C, commencing- on Thursday 
before the 3d Sabbath in October, 1853, viz: • 

W. Ayers, G. Warv/ick, J. Stone, F. Prevatt, J. Thompson, J. B. 
Thompson, E. Davis, B. Freeman. J. H. Cobb, N. Martin, J. E. Lennon, 
W, Lennon, A. Powel, J. G. Powel, H. Lennon, P. Wooten, J. Monroe, 
D. B, Ayers,L. Wescoat, D. Stanaland, G. W. Lennon. E. Bozeman, J. 
W. VVoodsides, W. HoUinasworth, D. T. Event, J. R. Toiler, J. T. Hon- 
vine, FL McAlpin, A. Smith, J. Griffin, A. P, Repiton, Joel Reaves, J, 
Bennet, M. Meares, and R. Fisher. 



A Digest of the state of Religion in the Association, as indicated 

hy the Church Letters. 

Antioch. Brother^' love and union abounds; has a flonrishing 
(Sabbath School, which promises to eiiect much good. Elder Haynes 
Lennon is Pastor. 

x\shpole. Has had large and attentive congregations while in the 
enjoyment of peace among themselves. Elder W. Ayers is Pastor. 
Back Swamp. This Church is in a good condition, havmg such 
a spirit as should characterize all callmg themselves Christians. 
Elder F. Pre vat is Pastor- 
Bear Swamp. This Church has had refreshmg seasons ; it has a 
Sabbath School. Elder W. Ayers is Pastor. 

Beulah. This Church has respectable congregations, with a gra- 
dual increase in numbers. Elder W. Ayers is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam. Is in peace and has had some additions. Elder 
W,. Ayers is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, Bladen. Is in a cold, barren state; having the la- 
bors of Elders T. Smith, R. Fisher, and A. Hall. 

Bethel. Has rothing special. Eider W, Ayers is Pastor. 

Big Branch. Has had some gracious seasons: many conversions, 
and many seeking the favor of God. Elder F. Prevat is Pastor. 

Brier Branch. Has had a protracted meeting, which was abun- 
dantly blessed. Elder J. Cashwell is Pastor. 

Cape Fear. Has nothing of interest to communicate. Elder 
Hugh McAlpin is Pastor. 

(]!edar Creek. Is in a languid state, having had troublou.s times 
among them. Elder H. McAlpin is Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope. Has had some difficulties. Elder G. W. Lennon 
is Pastor. 

Concord. Is in the enjoyment of peace and harmony. Elder T. 
Smith is Pastor. 

Cherry Grove. Is m peace, and has large congregations. Elder 
Jesse Rogers is Pastor. 

Cross Roads. Is cheered with indications of a gracious revival. 
Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Hickory Grove. Is in peace. Elder J. Stone is Pastor. 

Honey Camp. Has had a gracious revival. Elder Z. Bullock is 
Pastor. 

Iron Hill X Re ]s. Is advancing in spirituality and numbers. — 



13 

Macedonia, Has had some increase in iimnLers. Elder J, Stone 
lis Pastor. 

Macedonia, S- C. Has had an increase in numbers, and is in the 
(enjoyment of peace. No Pastor. 

JVIt. Eiiam. .Brothedy love prevails. Elder J. Stone is Pastor, 

Mount Zicn. Is in peace. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Mount Sinai. Has attentive congregations. Elder G, W. Hill is 
iPastor. 

Mount Talsor. S,peaks.of being more firmly rooted and giound- 
.^edin the faith. Elder Z. Bollock is Pastor. 

Mount Pisgah- Is ia peace after having gone through many and 
(hard trials. Eider A. M. Nobles is Pastor. 

New Britain. Speaks dtscouragingly, but disco\-ers an anxious 
;Solicitude for a better -state of Ihmgs. Elder Joel Bennet is Pastor. 

Grange Street, Wilmington. Has no Pastor. Bespeaks a spirit 
ibecommg the christian character. 

Pine Grove. Is in peace and un^ion. Elder D. B, Ayers is Pastor. 

Rock Fislr, Is in a cold state. Elder J. Cashwell is Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove. Is in peace. No Pastor. 

iPlea-sant Hill. Is in a prosperous condition, and has a flourish- 
ing Sabbath School. Has had Itinerants. 

Pleasant PJains. Has Jarge and attentive congregations^ with a 
prospect ot increase, Elder G. W.. Hill is Pastor. 

Porter Swamp. Has .large .congregations. Elder H. Lennon is- 
.Pastor. 

Providence. Speaks of interesting meetings, many anxious about 
.their -spiritual condition. Elder J. H.Cobb is Pastor. 

Saddle Tme. Nothing important. Elder E. Davis is Pastor, 

►Seven Creeks. Nothing of interest. E^der G. W. Hill is Pastor^ 

Shallotte. Is in peace. Elder W. M, Mints is Pastor. 

Shiloh. Laments the want of cheering news to communicate. 
SElder H. McAlpin is Pastor, 

Spring Branch. Has had a gracious outpojiiring of the spirit. 
Elder F. Prevat is Pastor. 

Simpson's iGreek, Has had great coldness witli many difficulties. 
•She is now in peace. No Pastor. 

Union. Has nothing important. Elder W. Ayers is Pastor. 

United Cliurch. Has kad:a revival Elder W.. Ayers is Pastor,. 

White Lake. Laments her lifeless condition ; little or no spiritu- 
.ality disooverable. Elder A. B. Alderman is Pastor.. 

Western Prong. Has on Sabbaths laxge and attentive congrega- 
tions. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

White Marsh. Has just been received into the Association. 

Buck Creek. Is in a good state. Elder W. Ayers is Pastor. 

.Springfield. Has just been received into the Association. 



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PR^TTEP -AT THE *' HEKALd" EOOIl AND JOB Or?ICJ 



WILMINGTON, N, C, 

18o4. 






MINUTES. 



Thursdav, Nov. 8d, 1858. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appointment, by El' 
der Forney Prevat, from 22d chapter Revelations, and 14th verse. 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association was called to or- 
der by the Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by Brother G. W. 
Hill, after reading and singing. 

A majority of Churches being represented, the Association proceeded to 
business. 

Appointed Brothers F. Lennon, Matthews and Cain, as a Committee of 
Finance. 

Appointed Brother B. Freeman, Assistant Clerk. 

After the reading of Letters, and recording the names of Delegates, the 
OflScers were elected, viz: Haynas Lennon, Moderator ; Robert M. McRackan, 
Clerk and Treasurer ; and Benjamin Freeman, Assistant Clerk. 

Corresponding Messengers from Sister Associations were invited to present 
themselves. Brothers Leach and McLean from the Pee Dee Association, 
came forward and were invited to seats Vith us. 

A letter from the Union Association was read before this body ; the letter 
was received. 

A Committee was appointed to supply the Stage during the session of the 
Association, consisting of Brethren B. Freeman, J. Beach, J. Monroe, C. P. 
Woodel, and W. Frink. 

A Committee of Arrangements, consisting of Brethren Haynes Lennon, 
Hugh McAlpin, and F. Prevat, was appointed. 

Association adjourned to 9-J- o'clock, Friday morning. Prayer by Brother 
Joel Bennet, 



Friday Morning, O-^- o'ciock. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Reading the Scriptures 
and singing by the Moderator. Prayer by Brother Dusenberry. 

An invitation was extended to visiting Brethren to present themselves, 
when Elder P. C. Conoly came forward, and was invited to a seat with us. 

An opportunity was afforded newly constituted Churches to present them- 
selves for admission. Friendship, presented itself and was referred to a 
committee. 

Several Brethren were present as delegates, without letters; they were, 
however, recognized as such and invited to seats with us. 

The next session of the Association to meet with the Spring Branch 
Church, Horry District, S, C, on Thursday, 10^ o'clock before ihe 1st Sab- 
bath in November, 1854. 

Brother A. Hall w*s appointed to prcacli the Introductorr ^prwiOTi a I i\itf 



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hfit AsKuciatioD. . J->rotht'r' (i. \y. Hillj alternate. 

Brother Hayncs Lennon was appointed to preach a Charity Sermon at the 
next Association. Brother H. McAlpin, alternate. 

Mt. Jloriah Church being in a low condition, it was advised to remain yet 
. another year and endeavor to revive things. 

Appointed Elders H. McAlpin, P. C. Conoly, J. Bennet, F. Prevat and S , 
■ Bnsenberrv, a committee to examine candidates for Ordination. 

Invited Brethren Mitchel and Formy Duval, of Mt. Moriah Church, to 
seats with us. 

The following were appointed Messengers to Sister Associations : To Welsh 
Necik, Elders William Ayers, N. Bullock, N. Martin ; To Pee Dee, Elders J. 
H. Cobb, E. Davis, F. Prevat, and Brethren J. Thompson and W. B. Ballard ; 
To Union, Elders H. McAlpin, James Cashwell, A. Hall, H. Lennon, and Bro- 
ther A. Mclvin. 

Appointed R. M. McRackan to write the letter of correspondence to the 
Welsh Neck Association ; Elder H. Lennon to the Union, and Benjamin Free- 
man to the Pee Deo Associations. 

The Committee on the Bible Cause reported. Report received, and its ap- 
pendage to the Minutes ordered. 

A Committee was appointed to wait on the Mount Carmel Church, and re- 
port as to its condition, consisting of W. Matthews, W. Mints, and P. J. Stan- 
si and. 

A Committee was appointed, consisting of Brethren G. W: Hill, Rozierand 
¥re'cman, to select subjects to be reported at the next Association. 

The subject of tho Declaration of Principles was taken up, and laid over 
until to-morrow. 

The Committee on Religious Periodicals reported. Report received, and its 
appenun|,-c to the Minutes ordered. 

The Association took a recess of half an hour, after which time, the Do- 
mestic IiCission Board came into session. 

J. G. Powel. TT. McAlpin, and J. Monroe, were appointed a Committee of 
Finance. 

Elder Hayncs Lennon v/as elected chairman, R. M. McRackan, Clerk and 
•Treasurer, and B. Freeman, Assistant Clerk. 

A Committee vras appointed to select Itinerants for the ensuing ye.ar, con- 
sisting- of Brethren B. Freeman, J. A. Rozier, J. G. Powell, J. Monroe, F. 
Lennon, A. Melvin, and E. Bozeman. 

The Board adjourned, for the Association to resume its session; 

The Association came into session. A Committee was appointed to take 
necessary steps for the prevention of the sale of intoxicating liquors, consist 
ing of E. Wcshard, Z. Williamson, and W. Frink. 

The A:-KOciatIon ad".-'-"iu--d to ^'i o'clock, Patunlaj mornins;. Prayer by 
t'nTif hf'V ('onolr. 



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Saturday Morning, 9| o'clock, 

'The Association met according- to adjournmeht. Reading and Singing by 
the Moderator. Pra3-er hy Brother W. Ayers. 

Committee on the Friendship Church reported, and the Church was receiv- 
ed into the Association. 

Committee on Sabbath Schools and Publication Societies reported. Report 
received. 

Committtec to select subjects and appoint committees on various subjects 
reported. Report received. 

The Moderator directed to appoint delegates to the next Convention, to 
meet at Fayetteville, on Thursday before the 3rd Sabbath in October, 1854. 

The Clerk of the Association was directed, to inform the Treasurer of the 
Convention, Forrcstville, Wake county, the amount expended in Domestic 
iHssions. 

The subject of the Declaration of Principles was taken up as was propos- 
ed on yesterday, and adopted with amendments, and ordered to be appended 
lo the Minutes, together with the C-mstitution and Rules of Order of this 
Association, and that 2,000 copies be printed with a neat paper cover. 

The Clerk to receive 25 dollars for his services. 

A committee was appointed to prepare a Digest of the state of Religion 
as indicated in the Church Letters consisting of Brethren Jno. Smith and 
IT. McAlpin. 

Query. — Suppose a member of one Church charges a Minister of another 
Church with falsehood, and the Minister reports said member to his Church 
for slander, and the Church a-cquits said iJiinister, but neglects to disciplim.; 
said member for slander, does -he Church discharge her duty towards said 
member, and has not the said Minister just right to complain against said 
Church and seek redress of grievance V 

Answer. Iu'xoh:ed^ That it is the opinion of this Association that said 
Church should discipline said meniber, and that said Minister has a right to 
seek redress for said grievance, inasmuch,' as the matter is calculated to injure 
liis usefulness, and to some extent mar his ha])piness. 

A charge was brought agav\st the Aslipole Church, Ijy tlie Back Swamp 
Church,' which was referred to a committee consisting of Elders H. Lcnnon, 
and Hugh McAlpin, together with the Deacons of Big Branch, Mt. Eliam, 
Saddle Tree and Pleasant Gro\e Churches, to report at the next Association, 
A recess of an half hour wa, taken. 

Domestic Mission Board can.o into session. 

Elder William Ayers reported re an Itinerant; report received and ordered 
to be appended to the Minutes. 

Ordered, That Brother \V. Ayers if'iive $275 for his services tlie past 
year. 

Ordered, That Brother Bullard. in consequence ftf Bro. Prevalt's di.-ap- 
pointment, should receive v^! 5 for his services ; ll'.e former V.aving lil'eil Un- 
\u:\<u- lii' tin' l;il liT. 



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lifsohed. That the report of Bro. Cashwdl be received,— that he be re- 
cognized as an Itinerant and paid $75 for his services. 

The Itinerant Committee reported that Brethren Conolj*, Hill and Cash- 
well had been consulted, and expressed a readiness to engage in the work as 
Missionaries, provided ther receive One Dollar per day for each, besides the 
actual expenses incurred. 

The Executive Committee of last year was appointed for this. 

Committee of Finance reported $286 75, received. 

The Treasurer to pay the Itinerants according to their reports. 

Elder A. P. llepiton was appointed to preach a sermon on the subject of 
Justification, on Sabbath of our next Association. Elder H. McAlpin his 
■alternate. 

The Committee of Finance reported $84 95, received. 

Besohcd, That we recommend to a general circulation w ithin our bounds, 
Ibe Biblical Reconler, published in Raleigh, as the organ of our denomination. 
Also, the Baptist Preacher, published in Richmond, Virginia, by Elder H. 
Keeling, it being an uncompromising advocate of Baptist principles. 

Report of the Examining Committee was received in regard to the Preach- 
ers. 

Besolrerl^ That the Association will not consider itself as adjoiu-ned until 
the services of to-morrow are concluded. 

The thanks of the. dissociation were respectfully, 'endered to the neighbor- 
hood for their hospitable entertainment. 

The collection on to-morrow, Sabbath, to be appropriated to Domestic 
iOssions. 

SABBATH. 

A large tind orderly congregation were present to join with us in celebrat- 
ing the praises, and. heaving the preached word of the most High God. 

The services were commenced by Elder A. P. Repiton, who preached from 
3d chapter, 14th verse, Hebrews, "For we are made partakers of Christ, if 
wo liold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end." Elder H. 
McAlpin immediately followed from the 11th chapter, 6th verse Ecclesiastce 
''In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: 
for thou ktiowest not whether shall pro.sper either this or that, or whether 
they both shall be alike good." 

After an hours intermission, the congregation were addressed by Brother 
Conoly of the Pee Dee Association, from the 22d chapter, 17th verse Reve- 
lations, " And the spirit and the bride say come. And let him that heareth 
say come. And let him that is athir.st come. And whosoever Mill, let him 
t-ike of the water of life fi-eely. 

'Jhe .Association adjourned. 

IIAYXKS I.KXXOX, MiuUrator. 
K-.'BT. if. JUll.vcw.iN, Clerh: 



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The BxecutiTe Committee met at the Cross Roads on Saturday before the 
3d Sabbath in December, at which time tho Committee appointed to settle 
the misunderBtanding between the Ash Pole and Back Swamp Churches, re- 
ported that every hindrance had been removed, and Brotherly Lovp was in 
full operation. The Executive Committee considering this matter as 
coming within their jurisdiction, discharged the Committee appointed to set- 
iU the differ«nc«. 



COUNTIES 

cnuiiciiEs. 



\ Ii()Di;soN. 
Ash Pulo, 
Antiodi, 
liig Branch, 
^It. Eliaiii, 
Back Swamp, 
.Saddle Tree, 
Providence, 
Pleasant Grove 

Columbus. 
Beaver Dam, 
Cherry Grove, 
Cross Koads, 
Macedonia, 



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XAMi:;S OF DKLKiJATES. 



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V,. Avers, J. Piluuui/Josoiili Tliu;i![,:,..ji, 
.r. A. Ilozicr, E. Wisiiard, JL J. Pope, 
AN". B. Billiard, .M. Warwick. B-. ^Viilianis, 
J. ytone, E. 1). Johnson, S. Stone, 
J. Thompson, J. ji. TiKJiimson, B. Fi-eciuaii i s 
:E. ])avis, E. Cariiie, AV. Powell, ' o 

1J-. "\V. Mcgunfan, ! j. 

X. Martin, iV. S. Mooiin If. J. Bullock. 



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«1 1! 4 
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C. Sole, W. J. Stanly, li. Best, 
'o\ Strickland, B. Buh'kin, X. Strickland, 

F. I,ennon, J. M. Lennon, Wright Leiiiion, 
jX. L. AVilliamson, L.Williamson, JAVattcrs, 



Iron Hill XRoads,;*^-^.^'"^^; '^- ^^'- f^"'>'. J- '^^'^^'^h 



Mt. Moriah, 
Mt. Tabor, 
Mt. Zion, 
Pleasant Plains, 
Porter Swamp, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Mt. Sinai, 
Seven Creeks, 
White Marsh, 
Western Prong . 

Bladen. 
Beaver Dam, 
Brier Branch, 
Hickory Grove, 
Shiloh, 
White Lake. 

Brunswick, 
Bethel, 
Bewlah, 
Cheerful Hope. 
Mt. Pisgah, 
3It. Carmel, 
Mill Creek, 
New Britain, 
Shallot, 
Union, 
Friendship. 

CUMBERLAKD, 

Cape Fear, 
Cedar Creek, 
Concord, 
Piuey Grove, 
Rock Fish. 

Marion'. 
Bear Swamp. 
Horry. 
Honey Camp, 
Macedonia, 
Buck Creek, 
United Church, 
Simpsons Creek, 
Spring Branch, 
Springfield. 

Wilmington. 
Orange Street, 



X'ot lieproseutcd, 

J. llarrelson, J. llinson, A. Ilinson, 

C. Jones, S.Snsier, Sr., B. tligh, 
iG. W. Hill, X. Stevens, T. Sags, 
'J. G. Powel, A. Powel, D. Coleman, 
.M. .M. Walker, V,\ Frink, D. Best, 
|J. llarrelson, (i. C. Powel, J. W. llarielson, 

Joel Reaves, Jr.. J. Long, 

!C. P. Woodel, X. Ray, J. Batten, 

Ha\T]e3 Lennon, R. Wooten, J. Ellis, 

R. Fisher, P. Rollins, E. Hall, 

J. N. McCall, D. Shaw, W. H. Howard, 

R. M. Sessoms, E. Johnson, 'W. C, Sykes, 

J. Monroe, J. Smith, L. Cashwell, 

G. W. Cashwell, Carrol, H. J. Clarke, 

L. Swain, S. Wescoat, R. M. McRackan, 
W. J. Staualand, W.J. Gore, W. Matthews, 
G. W. Lennon, E. Smith, C. Little, 
H. K. Sellers, R. W.Holden, J. W^Simmon-, 

Xot Represented, 
Joel Reaves, Sr., J. Robbin.?, W. Robbins, 
E. Bozeman, J. Beach, J. Bennet, 
D. K. Mints, P. T. Stanalaud, W. Grisset, 
J. W. Woodsides, P. Lewis, C.Y. Fullwood, 
M. McKeithan, R, R. :Nniigan, Z. Russ, 



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J. Toller, J. Thames, J. Plnmmer, 11 

A. Melvin, P. M. Smith, J. G. Edwards, 27 

W. Nunner_T, R. Faircloth, J. L. Jackson, 27 

J. T. Honrine, W. H. Melvin, S. Cain, 6 

H. McAlpin, James Cashwell, L. R. Hall, 

S. Dusenberry, J. K. Watson, S. B. Watson, S 

Not Represented, 

Not Represented, 

Not Represented, 

C. Todd, J, B. Edgo, W. L. Dubois, 
E. C. Gore, John J. Reaves, N. J. Cos, 
J. Granger, H. Enzor, C. Worley, 
E. F. Hickman, W. Hughes, C. P. Gore, 



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SABBATH SCHOOLS AND PUBLICATION SOCIETIES. 

It is now nearly thirty years since under the name of the Baptist General 
^Tract Socictjr, we commenced our operations in the City of Washington, 
Feb., 25th, 182-i. Our resources the first year amounted only to the sum of 
$3,73 80. The transfer of its location to Philadelphia in Dec, 1826, not only 
greatly facilitated its operations in the circulation of its publications, but 
multiplied its resources in a single year fourfold. In 1826, the receipts were 
$8,00; in 1827, they were $3,153. In 1829 they rose to $5,536, but the 
sudden death of its Secretary, the Rev. Noah Davis, in the following year, 
reduced them nearly one-half Thus pi'ogressing, the Society has risen grad- 
ually, so that the receipts for the year ending March 15th, 181-9, were $25,4:16, 
being an increase of $6,872, over the previous year. In 1852 they amounted 
to $42,358, leaving the Society clear of debt. 

The Southern Publication Society located in Charleston, S. C, within the 
last year affected sales amounting to $15,000, embracing 17000 volumes. 

Permit us to say that the Society has already accompHshed a great work, 
by furnishing to the old and to the young, a pure, evangelical, and denomina- 
tional literature, by gratuitously supplying poor Sabbath Schools and Ministers 
of Jesus Christ, with small but valuable libraries, by sending forth faithful 
colporteurs to accompany the sale or gift of volumes ^ith earnest entreaty 
to flee the wrath to come, and distributing many thousands of tracts in the 
English, German, Dutch, French and Irish languages, among the needy at 
home and abroad. 

With such facihties as these,every neighborhood may with ease establish a 
Sabbath School, furnish itself with a pure religious literature, to refresh, cul- 
tivate and gladden the hearts of the rising genei-ation. 

HAYNES LENNON, Chairman. 



. EELIGIOUS PERIODICALS. 

Brethren: — To do justice to the subject you have assigned me, would 
require more time than necessary, and more space than prudence and econ- 
omy would justify being occupied in your minutes. 

It is a subject of vital importance to the more extensive diffusion of truth,, 
and the regeneration of the world — and why ? Because the information given, 
and the intelligence communicated, tend to bring into active exercise those 
faculties of mind and body, which are, or ought to be, everywhere employed 
in doing good, and in obtaining good. Through this medium are solved vital 
questions of church policy, which tend to produce uniformity of sentiment, 
and a proper and amicable adjustment of cases of discipline of intricate im- 
port. Every family, therefore, in which the pure principles of the Bible are 
recognized, should be supplied with at least one or two good religious period- 
icals. The value and importance of those to the rising portion of the family 
are not to be estimated by dollars and cents. The amount necessary to pro- 
cure them may be hoarded up, and thus serve in after life, to increase the 
facilities ofpersonal distinction, while the sound, wholesome, moral instruction 
given, and indellible impression made by Divine truth, may tend to a life of 
pleasure and happiness while here, worthy of the name, and an abiding peace 
and comfort in the hour of death. 

While upon this subject, then, let me now recommend to every brother or 
sister, who is at the head of a family, to lose no time in procuring for your- 
self, and the inmates of your house, the Biblical Recorder, published weekly 



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in Raleigh, at $2, in advance, and the Baptist Preacher, published monthly 
at $1, in advance. All of which is respectfully submitted, 

A. PAUL REPITON, Chairman. 



BIBLE CAUSE. 
Believing that the cause could not be much benefitted by any lengthy essay 
that might be written on the subject, we would merely recommend to the 
Society that some more efficient means be employed for a general diffusion of 
the word of life throughout the bonds of the Cape Fear Association, and that 
if practised, auxiliary Societies be established in every church, and the 
Societies be supplied from the agency, and that they have some person to 
receive and distribute the books in particular localities, reporting to the aux- 
iliaries, whose duty it shall be to report back to the parent Society. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

BENJAMIN FREEMAN, Chairman. 



The Committer to select subjects and appoint Committees to write on the 
rarious subjects selected, reported as follows : 

On Ministerial F-ducation, Elder H. Lennon and Bro. J. C. Powel, 
" Foriegn Missions, Elder F. Prevet and Bro. M. "Warwick, 

" Bible Societies, Elder S Dusenberry and Bro. A. Powel, 

" Sabbath Schools and) -ciut-wa* j-n -n tp- u x 

Publication Societies, f ' Elder D. A. Ayers and Bro. E. Wishart, 

" Baptist S. Convention, Elder H. McAlpin and Bro. A. Melvin, 
'* Temperance, Brethren R. Wooten and M. Mears, 

" Colporteurage, Elder J. Cashwell and Bro. D. T. Averit. 

Respectfully submitted, 

G. W. HILL Chairman. 



REPORT OF WM. AYERS. 

Beloved Bbethres : It becomes my duty to inform you of the services ren- 
dered by me as your Itinerant for the past year. I commenced immediately 
after the Association, and devoted my time as in years past within its bounds, 
finding all things as I had left them; had many pleasant meetings until I was 
disappointed by the affliction of my family and self. In consequence of said 
affliction, my labor's were inteiTupted from June until August, when they 
were resumed and continued up to the Association. I have attended some 
protracted meetmgs, and hope that some good may have been done. I have 
traveled for the board 255 days including the rest allowed, and have had the 
pleasure of hearing many relate what the Lord has done for their souls, leav- 
ing all of them to be baptised by the Pastor or supplies as the case may be. 
I have taken up no collections, leaving that matter to the churches. 

Brethren, I feel thankful to the Almighty that he has enabled me to serve 
the board in my weakness so long. I received my first appointment in 1836, 
since that time I have been traveling for the board with a few years excep- 
tion. While engaged in the work, I have baptised one thousand and eighteen 
persons. And now brethren, being old and feeling unable to undergo the 
duties of a missionary, I hope you will be able to secure the services of two, 
if no more, the next year. May the Lord bless the labor's already done, and 
may the missionary fioirit increase in our bounds. 



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I now tender my thanks to the Board for the honor conferred upon me in 
the appointment as Itinerant, and to all the churches where I have been for 
the kindness ever extended to me. May the Lord bless you all. I crave 
your prayers that I may be faithful until my labor is done on earth. Brethren 
and Friends, Farewell, WM. AYERS, Chairman. 

REPORT OF JAMES CASHWELL. 

Dear Brethren : — In accordance with usage I report, my labor's : I have 
traveled eighty days ; preached seventy-eight sermons, and baptised sixty- 
three persons ; received from churches and individuals the sum of $40. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES CASHWELL. 



The following churches and mdividuals 


came forward and paid the sums 


annexed to their names : 








Ash Pole, 


$5 00 


Concord, 


5 00 


Big Branch, 


10 00 


Piney Grove, 


10 00 


Mt. Eleam, 


5 00 


Orange Street, 


5 00 


Back Swamp, 


10 00 


Seven Creeks, 


5 00 


Providence, 


.5 00 


Beaver Dam, 


5 00 


Cherry Grove, 


5 00 


Mt. Sinai, 


5 50 


Mt. Tabor, 


5 00 


Macedonia, 


5 00 


Mt. Zion, 


5 00 


Spring Branch, 


10 00 


White Marsh, 


5 00 


Pleasant Hill, 


5 00 


Porter Swamp, 


5 00 


Pleasant Plains, 


5 00 


Hickory Grove, 


5 00 


Cross Roads, 


5 00 


Norman Martin, 


5 00 


Simpsons Creek, 


5 00 


Shiloh, 


10 00 


Springfield, 


5 00 


Bethel, 


10 00 


Western Prong, 


5 00 


Cheerful Hope, 


10 00 


Brier Branch, 


5 00 


Beulah, 


5 00 


Iron Hill X Roads, 


5 00 


Mt. Pisgah, 


5 00 


Beaver Dam, Columbus, 


3 00 


New Britain, 


10 00 


Samuel Dusenberry, 


5 00 


Shallot, 


5 00 


Antioch, 


10 00 


Union, 


5 00 


White Lake, 


5 00 


Cape Fear, 


25 25 


Friendship, 


3 00 


Cedar Creek, 


10 00 


Saddle Tree 


5 00 



A Digest of the state of Religion in the Association, as indicated "by the 

Church Letters. 

Antioch. — Is in a flourishing condition, having enjoyed a gracious revival 
of religion — love and union abounds. Elder Hayes Lennon is the Pastor. 

Ash Pole. — Is under the Pastoral care of Elder William Ayers. They re- 
joice in the steady progress of the gospel amongst them, and look forward to 
stiU better times. 

Back Swamp. — Is in a healthy condition, being in the enjoyment of love 
and union. Elder D. B. Ayers is Pastor. 

Bear Swamp. — Has nothing special to communicate, all in peace. Elder 
Jesse.Rogers is Pastor. 

Beulah. — Communicated nothing important, has enjoyed the labor's of 
Elder Thomas G. Rogers, monthly. Elder Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 



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Beaver Dam, Bladen. — Has enjoyed a glorious revival; the Lord has done 
great things for them, whereof they are glad. Through the year they have 
had the labors of Elder Thomas Smith and Averit Hall. 

Beaver Dam, Columhis. — Nothing special. Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Mt. Eliam. — Is in a prosperous condition, having enjoyed a revival of re- 
ligion. Elder Isham Stone is their Pastor. 

Mt. Zion. — Sends nothing interesting. Elder D. J. Ray is Pastor. 

Brier Branch. — Has enjoyed a I'cvival of religion and is in a flourishing 
condition. Elder James Cashwell is Pastor. 

White Lake. — Has had but little change, they look forwai-d to better 
times. Elder James Cashwell is Pastor. 

Shallot. — Has enjoyed some refreshings from the presence of the Lord. 
Elder Wm. M. Mints is Pastor. 

New Britain. — Is encouraged to press forward. Elder Joel Bennet is Pastor. 

Hickory Grove. — Reports all in love and harmony. Elder Isham Stone 
is Pastor. 

Friendship. — A new church. Elder A. M. Noble is Pastor. 

Mt. Pisgah. — Speaks in glowing terms of the prospect before them. — 
Elder Wm. M. Mints is Pastor. 

Mill Creek. — Is in a very cold state. No Pastor. 

Spring Branch. — Reports an improvement in matters of discipline. Elder 
Furney Prevat is Pastor. 

United Church. — Sends nothing interesting. Elder Thomas G. Rogers is 
Pastor. 

Springfield. — Reports no change. Elder Wm. M. Mints is Pastor. 

Mt. Tabor. — Has enjoyed a revival of religion. Elder Zadoc Bullock is 
Pastor. 

Western Prong. — Has nothing interesting to communicate, is supplied by 
Elders G. W. HiU and Elder H. Lennon. 

Bethel. — Unimportant. Elder Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 

White Marsh. — Reports all in peace. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Cross Roads. — Is in union and has enjoyed a revival of religion, for which 
they are glad. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope. — All in peace. Elder G. W. Lennon is Pastor. 

Saddle Tree. — Complains of coldness. Elder E. Davis, Pastor. 

Providence. — Nothing Special. John Monroe and Jordan H. Cobb is their 
supply. 

Mt. Sinai. — Is in peace and harmony. Elder G. W. HiU is Pastor. 

Iron Hill X Roads. — Has no Pastor and reports no changes. 

Cherry Grove. — Has had the occasional pi-eaching of Elder Ladok Bullock, 
They pray that the gospel may be sent to them. 

Pleasant Hill. — D. J. Ray is their supply. Nothing cheering, but hope 
for better times. 

Little Rockfish. — Complains of coldness. Elder R. Fisher, Pastor. 

PiNEY Grove. — Reports no special change, but prays for more faith. — 
Supplied by D. B. Ayers as Pastor and monthly by David S. Williams. 

Seven Creeks. — Comntiunicates nothing important. Elder G. W. Hill is 
their supply. 

Pleasant Plairs. — Is endeavoring to exercise good discipline thereby 
keeping the . unity of the spirit, in the bonds of peace. Elder G. W. Hill is 
Pastor. 



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Concord. — Has enjoyed a glorious reYival of religion, for which gracious 
■display of Heaven, they greatly rejoice. Elder Reuben Fisher is Pastor. 

Ce'Dar Creek. — Has enjoyed a revival, and is in a flourishing condition. — 
Elder H. McAlpin is their supply. 

Cape Fear. — Is in the enjoyment of a revival, which they pray may con- 
tinue. Elder H. McAlpin is Pastor. 

Big Branch. — The good work is progressing in this church, love and union 
abounding. Elder F. Prevat is Pastor. 

Porter Swajip. — Reports improvement in discipline, and looks forward to 
the time when the seed sown will produce an abundant harvest. Elder H. 
Lennon, Pastor. 

Simpsons Creek. — Is afflicted with difficulties but hopes soon to get through 
with them. Elder Jesse Rogers is Pastor, 

Macedonia. — Is at peace. Elder Isham Stone is their supply. 

Pleasant Grove. — Has enjoyed refreshing seasons of grace, for which they 
rejoice. Elder D. B, Ayers is Paster. 

Union. — No change. Has no Pastor. 

Orange Street. — Complains of a drought, biit craves an interest in the 
prayers of the Association. They are w ithout a Pastor. Elder A. P. Repiton 
is their supply. 

SniLOH. — Is in a cold state, but hope the time will speedily come, when the 
Lord will revive his work amongst them. Elder H. McAlpin is Pastor. 



Rob't. M, McRackan, Treasurer, in accounfwith the Cape Fear Baptist 
Association, November 1853. 

To cash received from Committees $371 70 

" CoUections on Sabbath 47 79. 

" Cash on hand. • 69 99 

• 489 48 

CONTRA. 

By cash paid Bro, Wm, Avres $275 

" " " " Bullard.... 15 

" " '• " Jas. Cashwell 75 

" " " " Clerk 25 

*' ^' " " Printing Minutes 85 



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$475 



; DELEGATES TO THE CONVENTION. 

'The following Brethren were appointed Delegates to the Baptist State 
Convention to be held at 

Viz: W. Ayers, G. Warwick, J. Stone, F. Prevat, J. Thompson, J, B. 
Thompson, E. Davis, B. Freeman, J. H. Cobb, N, Martin, J. E. Lennon, W. 
Lennon, A, Powell, J, G, Powel, Haynes Lennon, R. Wooten, J, Monroe, D. 
B, Ayers, L, Wescoat, D. Stenaland, G. W. Lennon, B. Bozeman, J. W. 
Woodsides, W, HoUingsworth, D, T. Everit, J. R. Toller, J. T. HonrineJ 
Hugh McAlpin, A. Smith, A. P,' Repiton, Joel Reaves, Joel Bennet, M. 
Mears and R. Fisher. 





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DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES OF THE 

CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

The Baptist denomination have ever maintained that the word of God is 
the only standard of christian doctrine and duty. The confessions of Faith, 
which, from time to time, have been put forth by portions of the denomina- 
tions, have been intended merely as declarations of principles, generally re- 
ceived amongst them, and not as standards of their Faith. To the Bible 
they have ever appealed, as the only authoritative rule and arbiter, in mat- 
ters of faith and practice. Fully persuaded of the correctness of these views 
and at the same time impressed with the importance of having a brief sum- 
mary of our distinguishing religious sentiment, that our true position may 
be known and understood, we present the following as a declaration of prin- 
ciples ofthe Cape Fear Baptist Association : 

ON THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. 

Article 1st. The Holy Scriptures, in the commonly received books of the- 
Old and New Testament are a full and complete revelation from God to man, 
touching the character and will of the former, and the duties and destinies 
of the latter, and are therefore to be received as a sufficient, infallible, and 
authoritative rule in all matters of doctrine and duty of faith and practice, 
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, 
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of 
God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works," 2d Tim., 
iii. 16, 17. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path," 
Psalms cxix. 105. "To the law and to the testimony ; if thev speak not ac- 
cording to this word, it is because there is no light in them, Isaiah viii. 20. 
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy ; whereunto ye so dwell that 
ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, 
and the day star arise in your hearts,', 2d Peter i, 19. 

OF GOD. 

Article 2d. Sec. 1. There is but one living and true God, the Creator 
and Preserver of all things, spiritual and incomprehensible in his nature, om- 
nipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, wise, just, true, merciful, unchangeable, 
glorious in holiness and eternal in existence. "Hear, oh Israel, the Lord out 
God is one Lord," Deut., vi. 4. "In the beginning God created the heaven 
and the earth," Gen., i. 1. "God is a spirit," John xv. 24. "For the Lord 
God omnipotent reigneth," Rev., xix. 6. "Whither shall I go from thy spirit, 
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" Psalms cxxxix. 7. "Oh, the 
depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God !" How un- 
searchable are His judgment and His ways past finding out," Rom., xi. 33. 
"A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he," Deut., xxxii. 4. 
"The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering and abundant 
in goodness and truth," Exodus xxxiv. 6. "I am the Lord, I change not," 
Mat. iii. 6. "Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing 
wonders!" Exodus xv. ii. "Even from everlasting to everlasting thou art 
God," Psalms xc. 2. 

Sec. 2. In this divine and most glorious being there is a Trinity of Persons, 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, three persons, but one in essence. 
"For there are three that bear record ii^ Heaven, the Father, the Word, and 
the Holy Ghost ; and these three are one," 1st John v, 7. "Go ye therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptising them in'the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and ofthe Holy Ghost," Mat. xxviii. 19. "The grace of our Lord Jesus 



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Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with 
you all," 2d Cor, xiii. 14. "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will 
send unto you from the Father, even the spirit of truth, which proceedeth. 
from the Father, he shall testify of me," John xv. 26. 

OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD. 

Art. 3d. As the great first cause of aU things, God exercises an absolute 
sovereignty over the universe. He sees the end from the beginning ; nothing 
can transpire contrary to his foreknowledge and foreordination ; His decrees 
and purposes are fixed and immutable, and will be fulfilled in every particu- 
lar, and He overrules and controls all events to the furtherance of His glory,, 
and the accomplishment of His designs. "Declaring the end from the begin- 
ning, and fi*om ancient times and things that are not yet done, saying, my 
counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure," Isaiah Lxvi. "Who work- 
eth all things after the counsel of his own will," Eph. i. "Surely the wrath 
of man shall praise theo; the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain," Psalms 
Lxxvi. 16. "Him, being delivered by the determined counsel and foreknowledge 
of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain," Acts 
ii. 23. "For of a truth against the Holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed,^ 
both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel 
were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel de- 
mined before to be done," Acts iv. 27, 28. 

OF CREATION AND PROVIDENCE. 

Art. 4th. Sec. 1. In the beginning God for purpose of his glory, created the 
world, and all things that are therein, formed man from the dust of the earth, set 
his image upon him, and placed him in the garden of Eden, in a state of per- 
fect innocence and happiness. "In the beginning God created the Heaven, 
and the earth," Gen. i. 1. "For by him were all things created, that are in 
heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones 
or dominions, or principalities, or powers ; all things were created by him 
and for him," Col. i. 16. "So God created man in his own image, in the 
ima^e of God created he him; male and female created he them," Gen. i. 27. 
"Lo, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have 
sought out many inventions," Ecc. vii. 27. 

Sec. 2. As God originally created ; so by his Providence he sustains and 
preserves all things, exercises a general and particular care over his creatures 
both small and great ; and, by a special Providence, watches and guides, pro- 
tects and depends them that are his. "Upholding all things by the word of 
his power," Heb. i. 3. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one 
of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father. But the very hairs 
of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value 
than many sparrows," Mat. x. 29, 30, 31. "The lot is cast into the lap, but 
the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord," Prov. xvi. 33. "Except the Lord 
keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain," Psalms cxxvii. 1. "Ye 
thought evil against me ; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it 
is this day, to save much people alive," Gen. l. 20. "And we know that all 
things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the 
called according to his pm-pose," Rom. viii. 28. 

OF THE FALL AND DEPRAVITY OF MAN. 

Art. 5th. Sec. 1. By a wilful act of disobedience in the garden of Eden, 
through the temptation of Satan, our first parents fell from the state of inno- 
cence and glory in which they had been created, lost the favor of God, were 
brought under the curse of the law, and made themselves liable to the pen- 



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alty of temporal, spiritual, and eternal death. "And the Lord commanded 
the man saying : of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of 
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it : for in 
the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," Gen. ii. 16, 17. 
"And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave 
me of the tree and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman : 
what is this that thou hast done ? And the woman said the serpent be- 
guiled me, and I did eat!" Gen. iii. 12, 13. 

Sec. 2. In consequence of the original, disobedience of our first parents, 
all their descendants are born with a corrupt and depraved nature, which 
leads to sin, and consequently to condemnation and death, and without 
repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, be forever 
banished from the presence of God and the glory of his power. "Wherefore 
as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death 
passed upon all men, for that all have sinned," Rom. v. 12. "For all have 
sinned and comeshort of the glory of God," Rom. iii. 28. "Behold I was shapen 
in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me," Psalms Li. 5. "There is 
none that doeth good, no not one," Psalms Liii. 3. The soul that sinneth it 
shall die," Ezekiel, xviii, 4. 

OF THE WORK OF REDEMPTION. 

Art. 6th. Sec. 1. God, in sovereign love, has opened a way through the 
mediation, sufferings and death of his Son, whereby sin may be pardoned, its 
condemnation removed, the sinner accepted and the soul redeemed ; so that 
God may be just, and yet justif)' the sinner that believeth in Jesus ; and it 
is only in accordance with this divine scheme that any can be saved. "For 
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life," John iii, 16. — 
"But whfen the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his son, made of a 
woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under tlie law, that 
we might receive the adoption of sons," Gal. iv. 4, 5. "For as much as ye 
know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold, 
but with the precious blood of Christ," 1 Peter i. 18, 19. "Neither is there 
salvation in any other ; for there is none other name under heaven, given 
among men whereby we must be saved," Acts iv. 12. "For there is one God, 
and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus," 1st Tim. ii. 5. 

Sec. 2nd. In accomplishing this mediatorial work, it was necessary that 
the Divine and the Human nature should be united in the person of the 
Mediator. In the Messiah this mysterious union took place, and while he 
was God, he was also man. "Who being in the form of God, thought it not 
robbery to be equal with God ; but made himself of no reputation, and took 
upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the hkeness of men," Phil, 
ii. 6, 7. "And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld 
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and 
truth," John i. 14. "For in him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily," 
Col. ii. 9. "God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of 
Angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into 
glory," 1st Tim. iii. 16. 

OF PREDESTINATION AND EFFECTUAL CALLING. 

Art. vii. Sec. 1st. From before the foundation of the world, God, in the 

sovereignty of his grace and love, chose and predestinated unto eternal life 

those who in the covenant of redemption were given to his son. "According 

as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we 



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should be holy and without blame before him in love. Having predestinated 
us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the 
good pleasure of his will," Eph. 1. 4r, 5. "Who hath saved us and called us 
with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own 
purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world be- 
gan," 2d Tim. i. 9. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, 
through sanctiflcation of the spirit, and to obedience and sprinkling of the 
blood of Jesus Christ," 1st Peter i. 2. "For whom he did foreknow, he also 
did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be 
the first born among many brethrens," Rom. viii. 29. 

Sec. 2nd. Those who have given to Christ in the covenant of redemption, 
are effectually called by the word and the spirit of God, to a participation in 
the blessing of the great salvation. "Moreover, whom he did predestinate, 
them he also called," Rom. viii. 30. Who hath saved us and called us with 
an holy calHng," 2d Tim. 1, 9. "That the purpose of God according to election 
might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth," Rom. ix. 11. Thy peo- 
ple shall be willing in the day of thy power," Psalms ex. 8. 
OF THE FREENESS OP THE GOSPEL. 

Art. vii. The salvation which the Gospel provides is freely oflFered to the 
children of men. Its invitations are alike extended to all, and none are exclu- 
ded from the participation in its benefits, excepting those who wilfully reject 
our Lord Jesus Christ. "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, 
and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat ; yea, come, buy wine and 
milk, without money and without price," Isaiah lv. 1. "As I live, saith the 
Lord God, I have no pleasures in the death of the wicked ; but that the 
wicked turn from his way and live ; turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways ; 
for why will ye die, oh house of Israel?" Ez. xxxiii. 2. " And the Spirit and 
Bride say, come. And let him that is athirst come : and whosoever will let 
him take the water of life freely," Rev. xxii, 17. "And ye will not come to 
me that ye might have life," John v, 40. 

OF JUSTIFICATION AND ADOPTION. 

Art. 9th. Sec. 1. The righteousness of Christ is the ground of our justi- 
fication. This righteousness embraces his obedience and suffering, — all that 
he did, and all that he endured ; and this, as a whole being received by faith, 
constitutes the ground on which we are justified. The evidence of justifica- 
tion is furnished by the performance of good works. "But of him are ye in 
Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and 
sanctiflcation, and redemption," 1st Cor. 1, 30. "In his days Judah shall be 
saved, and Israel shall dwell ; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, 
tlfe Lord pur Righteousness," Jere. xxiii. 6. "And be found in him, not hav- 
ing mine own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through 
the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith," Phil. iii. 9. 
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness, to every one that be- 
lieveth," Rom. x, 4. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no 
sins ; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him," 2d Cor. v. 21. 
"Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, 
his faith is counted for righteousness," Rom. iv. 4, 5. 

Sec. 2nd. Those who are justified by the grace of God become his children 
by adoption, have his name written upon them, are permitted to call him 
Father, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God. "Hav- 
ing predestinated us unto the adoptioif of children by Jesus Christ himself," 



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Eph. i. 5. Beloved now are we the sons of God," 1st John iii. 2. "For ye 
have not received the spirit of adoption, whereljy we cry, Abba, Father," 
Rom. viii. 15. 

OF REGENERATION. 

Art. X. Regeneration is that inward change which the sinner experiences 
when he passes into a State of grace. It can be effected only by the Spirit of 
God. It consists in a complete and thorough renewal of all the dispositions 
and affections of the soul ; and without it no sinner can enter into the king- 
dom of Heaven. ''Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again 
he cannot see the kingdom of God," John iii. 3. Not by works of righteous- 
ness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the 
washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost," Titus iii. 5. — 
"Therefore, if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature ; old things 
are passed away ; behold, all things are become new," 2d Cor. v. 17. "Which 
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, 
but of God," John i. 13. 

ON REPENTANCE. 

Art. 11. Repentance unto life is agodly sorrow for sin, wrought in the soul 
by the Spirit of God, and leading to a change of life, the abandonment of sin and 
the pursuit of holiness. And this is a duty which God imperatively requires 
of all mankind. "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to 
be repented of," 2d Cor. vii. 10. "They shall come with weeping, and with 
supplications will I lead them ; I will cause them to walk by the rivers of 
waters in a stx'aight way, wherein they shall not stumble," Jeremiah xxxi. 9. 
"But they that escape of them, shall escape, and shall be on the mountains 
like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity," 
Ez. vii. 16. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now*com- 
mandeth all men every where to repent," Acts xvii. 30. "But, except ye 
repent, ye shall all likewise perish," Luke xiii. 3, 

OF FAITH. 

Art. 13. Faith is that exercise of the heart (the understanding and the 
will fully consenting thereto,) by which the sinner joyfully receives the truth 
as it is in Jesus ; and rests upon him for pardon, sanctification, and eternal 
life. The righteousness of Christ is the foundation of our hopes ; by faith 
we lay hold of that righteousness, and appropriate to ourselves the consola- 
tions and promises of the gospel. "For by grace are ye saved, through faith, 
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God," Eph. ii. 8. "Therefore being 
justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," 
Rom. X. 4. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness," Rom. x. 
10. "Because God hath from the beginning, chosen you to salvation through 
sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth," Thes. ii. 13. "He that 
believeth on the son hath everlasting life," John iii. 19. 

OF GOOD WORKS. 

Art. 13. White salvation is all of grace, and is apprehended only by faith, 
good works are also essential to the christian character. Performed in obe- 
dience to Gods commandments, and fulfilling his decrees, they are the fruits 
and the evidences of a living faith. They are necessary, not as constituting 
the cause of justification, but they prove us so. "For we are his workman- 
ship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordain- 
ed, that we should walk in them^" Eph. ii. 10. "Who gave himself for us, 
that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar 
people, zealous of good works," Titus i. 14. "This is a faithful saying and 



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these things I will that thou aflBrm constantly, that they which have believed 
in God might be careful to maintain good works," Titus iii. 8. "Show me 
thy faith without thy works, and I will shew my faith by my works," James- 
ii. 18. "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works 
is dead also," James ii. 26. "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them," 
Mat, vii. 10. 

OP SANCTIFICATION. 

Aet. 14. Those who are united to Christ in the exercise of faith, are be- 
ing sanctified by the spirit, and the word of God. Although still infirm and., 
imperfect, they are advancing in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
strengthening in spiritual graces, and progressing in the practice of that holi- 
ness, without which no man shall see the Lord. "iSanctify them through 
thy truth ; thy word is truth," John xvii. 17. "Because God hath from the 
beginning, chosen you to salvation, through, sanctiflcation of the spirit and 
belief of the truth," 2d Thes. ii. 13. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your 
father which is in heaven is perfect," Mat. v. 4, 3. "And the very God of 
peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and 
body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ," 1st 
Thes. V. 23. "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse 
ourselves from all fllthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the 
fear of God," 2nd Cor. vii. 1. 

OF FINAL PERSEVERANCE. 

Art. 15, Those who are accepted in the Beloved, and have received the 
remission of their sins through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, shall persevere, 
by grace, unto eternal life. And if any who have progressed the christian 
name return to their sins, and perish in them, it is not because they have 
fallen from grace, but because they never knew that grace in its regenerating 
and saving power. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath 
begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ," 
Phil. i. 6. "Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this 
seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his," 2nd Tim. ii. 19. "And I give 
unto them eternal life ; and they shall never perish, neither shall any * pluck 
them out of my hand," John x. 28. "They went out from us, that they 
might be made manifest that they were not all of us," 1st John ii. 19. "For 
I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor 
powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor 
any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which 
is in Christ Jesus our Lord," Rom. viii. 88, 39, 

OF FREE AGENCY. 
Art. 16.. God is pleased so to exercise his sovereignty that man, notwith- 
standing the fall and depravity of his nature, whether doing good or workidg 
evil, whether accepting or rejecting salvation — acts freely and from choice. 
And, therefore, those who are finally lost will be alone responsible for the 
consequences of their guilt ; and those who are saved, while they freely choose 
the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, will ascribe the choice of it, as well 
as the redemption itself, all to sovereign grace. "Choose you this day whom 
you will serve," Joshua xxiv. 15, "For why will ye die, oh house of Israel?" 

* In many of our English Bibles we have read "any man" — and in some other 
Bibles the word "man" is not even italicised. Let it be borne in mind thatthis word 
is not the origmal, and that it, therefore, should not have been introduced iato the 
transaction. 



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Ez. xviii. 31. "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life," John 
V. 40. "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembhng ; for it is God 
which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure," Phil. ii. 
12. 13. 

OF THE CHURCH. 

Art. 17. The woi-d Church, as used in the New Testament, properly speak- 
ing, has but two meanings, viz : 

Sec. 1st. The church universal — comprising the whole body of believers, 
who have been, or shall be gathered into the fold of Christ. "To the general 
assembly and church of the first born, which ai-e written in heaven," Heb. 
xii. 23. "Even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it," 
Eph. V. 27. 

Sec. 2nd. The church in a particular sense — comprising an assembly or 
congregation of believers, united together in christian fellowship, and meet- 
ing from time to time for the worship of God. Each church is an independent 
body. Owning Christ alone as its Head and Lawgiver, it bows only to His 
dictates ; and utterly rejects the assumed spiritual authority of all bodies or 
classes of men, whether civil or ecclesiastical. "Unto the Church of God 
which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus," 1st Cor. i. 
2. "Likewise greet the church that is in their house," Rom. xvi. 5. "Unto 
the angel of the Church in Smyrna write," Rev. ii. 8. "Then had the churches 
rest throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria," Acts ix. 31. "And if 
he shaU neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church ; but if he neglect to 
hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican," 
Matt, xviii. 18. "Then pleased it the Apostles and Elders, vt^th the whole 
church to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch," Acts xv. 22. 
"Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in 
Jerusalem, and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Anti- 
och," Acts xi. 22. 

OF MINISTERS AND DEACONS. 

Art. 18. In the church of Jesus Christ there are two classes of officers, 
yiz : Ministers and Deacons. 

Sec. 1st. Ministers are that class of officers called of God, and sit apart by 
the church, to the work of the Ministry — the preaching of the everlasting 
gospel. They are indiscriminately called Bishops and Elders, from their over- 
sight of the churches of Christ. In this office there are no higher or lower 
grades ; but all occupy a fraternal equality, and no one is superior to his 
brethren in power and authority. "All things are of God, who hath recon- 
ciled us to himself, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation," 2nd 
Cor. V. 18. "And he gave some apostles; some prophets; and some evan- 
gehsts ; and some pastors and teachers ; for the perfecting of the saints, for 
the edifying of the body of Christ," Eph. iv. 11. "I have set watchmen upon 
thy walls, oh ! Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night," 
Is. Ixii. 6. "For they watch for your souls, as they that must give account," 
Heb. xiii. 17. "And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders 
of the church, and when they were come to him, he said unto them, take heed 
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Ghost 
hath made you overseers,* to feed the church of God, which he hath pur- 

* The word which is here rendered "overseers," is in the original Episko- 
pous, Bishops or Pastors. In the passage above quoted, the Episcopos, 
Bishop, is identified with the Presbuteros, Elder ; they mean the same thing, 
A Bishop is the pastor of a christian church. 



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chased with his own blood", Acts xx. 17, 28. "Ye know that they which 
are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise Lordship over them ; and 
their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be 
among you : but whosoever will be great among you shall be your minister : 
and whosoever of you will be the chieftest, shall be servant of all," Mark x. 42, 
44. "For one is your master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren," Matthew 
xxiii. 8. 

Sec. 2d. Deacons are that class of oflScers, who are charged with the man- 
agement of the secular concerns of the church. It is their special duty to see 
that their poor are attended to, that their pastors are supported, and that 
arrangements are made for the proper administration of the ordinances, and 
the comfortable and orderly maintenance of worship. "Then the twelve 
calied the multitude of the disciples unto them and said : it is not reason that 
we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, 
look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost 
and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give 
ourselves continually to prayer, and to ministry of the word," Acts vi. 2, 4. 
"They that have used the office of deacon well, purchase to themselves a 
good degree and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus," 1st 
Timothy iii. 13. 

OF BAPTISM. 

Akt. 19. Sec.lst. Baptism is the rite of divine appointment by which beUevers 
are initiated mto the christian church. It is the profession of discipleship, 
the declaration of faith ; and those only are proper subjects of baptism who 
have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. "He that believeth, and is baptized, 
shall be saved," Mark xvi. 16. And the Eunuch said, see, here is water, 
what doth hinder me to be baptised ? And Philip said : If thou believest 
with all thine heart thou mayest," Acts viii. 36, 37. "Then they that gladly 
received his words were baptized," Acts ii. 41. "But when they believed, 
Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name 
of Jesus Christ, they M^ere baptised, both men and women," Acts viii. 12, 
"And many of the Corinthians hearing, believed and were baptised," Acts 
xviii. 8. "The like figure, whereunto even baptism doth also now save us,, 
not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good con- 
science toward God," 1st Peter iii. 21. 

Sec. 2nd. The only mode of Baptism is immersion in water. "Then went 
out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, 
and were baptised of him in Jordan, confessing their sins," Matthew iii. ,5 6; 
"And Jesus when he baptised, went up straightway out of the; water," Mat., 
iii. 16. "And they went down into the water, both Philip and the Eunuch, 
and he baptised him. And when they were come up out of the water, the 
spirit of God caught away Philip," Acts viii. 38, 39. "Therefore we are bu- 
ried with him by baptism into death ; that, like as Christ was raised up from 
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness 
of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, 
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection," Kom. vi. 4, 5. "Buried 
with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him thi;ough the faith of 
the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead," Col. ii. 12. 

OP THE LORD'S SUPPER. 
Art. 20. The Lord's supper is an ordinance commemorative of the love, the- 



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sufferings,and the death of our Divine Redemer. The elements in this ordinance 
are bread and wine — symbolical of the broken bodj'-, and the shed blood of 
the Son of God. Inasmuch as it is a church ordinance, and baptism is the 
pre-requisite to church membership, those only should be admitted to the 
communion table who have been baptised upon a profession of faith. Hence 
the propriety of restricted communion. "And as they were eating, Jesus 
took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 
take, eat ; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, 
and gave it to them saying : Drink ye all of it ; for this is my blood 
of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins," 
Matt, xxvii. 26, 28. "This do in remembrance of mo," 1st Cor. xi. 24. "For 
as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death 
till he come," 1st Cor. xi. 26. 

OF THE RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT. 

Art. 21. Sec. 1st. When the purposes of God are accomplished in the 
present world, and immediately before the final judgment, there shall be a 
resurrection of all the dead. "Thy dead men shall live, together with my 
dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing ye that sleep in dust ; for thy 
dew is as the dew of herbs ; and the earth shall cast out the dead," Isaiah 
xxvi. 17. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake ; 
some to everlasting hfe, and some to shame and everlasting contempt," Danl. 
xii. 2. "For the hour is coming in which aU that are in the grave shall 
hear his voice, and shall come forth ; they that have done good unto the 
resurrection of Hfe ; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of 
damnation," John v. 28, 29. "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and 
become the first fruits of them that slept, 1st Cor. xv. 20. "And have hope 
towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resur- 
rection of the dead, both of the just and unjust," Acts xxiv. 15. "For the 
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall 
be changed," 1st Cor. xv, 52. "It is sown a natural body ; it is raised a spir- 
itual body," 1st Cor. xv. 44. 

Sec. 2nd. Immediately after the resurrection, the final judgment of all 
mankind shall take place. Jesus Christ will be the Judge. Before Him all 
nations shall be assembled ; and He will judge them, every man according to 
the deeds done in the body. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, 
but after this the judgment," Heb, ix. 27. "Because he hath appointed a 
day in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he 
hath ordained," Acts xviii. 31. "When the Son of man shall come in his 
glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of 
his glory '. and before him shall be gathered all nations," Mat. xxv. 31. 32. 
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were 
opened, and another book was opened, which was the book of life ; and the 
dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, accord- 
ing to their works," Rev. xx. 12. For God shall bring every work into judg- 
ment, with every Secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be ctoI," 
Ecc. xii. 14. 

OF THE FUTURE CONDITION OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND OF THE 

WICKED. 

Art. 22. Sec. 1st. After the decisions of the last day, the righteous shall 
be elevated to a state of perfect and eternal blessedness. They shall dwell in 
the immediate presence of God — exempt from all sin, sorrow, and infirmity.; 
and in the tranquil enjoyment of glory, honor, and immortality. "I go to 



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prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come 
again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye maybe also," 
John xiv. 2, 3. "Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, come 
ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the 
foundation of the world," Mat. xxv. 34. "For so an entrance shall be admin- 
istered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ," 2d Peter i. 11. When Christ, who is our life, shall 
appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory," Col. iii. 4. "Therefore 
are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; 
and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hun- 
ger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, 
nor any heart. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed 
them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters ; and God shall 
wipe away all tears from their eyes," Rev. vii. 16, 17. 

Sec. 2nd. The wicked shall be forever banished from the presence of God ; 
and consigned to an abode of deep perdition, and of endless torment. "Then 
shall he say also unto them on the left hand : Depart from me ye cursed, 
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels," Matthew xxv. 41. 
**And these shall go away into everlasting punishment," Mat. xxv. 46. "The 
wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God," Psalms 
ix. 27. "Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the pres- 
ence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power," 2d Thess. i, 9. "But the 
fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore- 
mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in 
the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone ; w^hich is the second death," 
Kev. xxi. 8. "And whoever was not found written in the book of life, was 
oast into the lake of fire," Rev. xx. 15. 

CONSTITUTION OF THE CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

From a long series of experience, we, the churches of Jesus Christ, being regularly 
baptized upon the confession of our Mth in Christ, are convinced of the necessity of a 
combination of churches, in order to perpetrate an union and communion amongst us 
and preserve and maintain a correspondence with each other in our union : — We, there^ 
fore, propose to keep the orders and rules of our Association, according to the following 
plan, or term of Government : " 

Article 1st. The Association shall be composed of members chosen by the different 
churches in our union, and duly sent to represent them in the Association, who shall be 
members whom they judge best qualified for that purpose ; and producing letters from 
their respective churches, certifying their appointments, shall be entitled to a seat. 

Art. 2nd. In the letters from the different churches, shall be expressed, their numbers 
in full fellowship, those baptized, received by letter, dismissed, excommunicated, and dead 
since the last Association. 

Art. 3d. The members thus chosen and convened, shall have no power to Lord it over 
God's heritage ; nor shall they have any classical power over the churches ; nor shall 
they infringe any of the internal rights of any church in the Union. 

Art. 4th. The Association, when convened, shall be governed and ruled by a reonlar 
and proper decorum. ° 

Art. 5th. The Association shall have a Moderator and Clerk, who shall be chosen by 
the suffrage of the members present. 

Ai't. 6th. New churches may be admitted into the union, who shall petition by letter 
and delegates ; and upon examination, (if found orthodox and orderly, j shall be received 
by the Association, and manifested by the Moderator giving the Delegate the right hand 
of fellowship. 

Art. Yth. Every church in the Union shall be entitled to a representation in the Asso- 
ciation, but shall have only two members from each Church. 

Art. 8th. Every query presented by any member in the Association, shall be twice read- 
and before it be debated, the Moderator shall put it to vote, and if there be a majority for 



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its being debated, it shall be taken into consideration, and be deliberated; but if there be 
a majority against it, it shall be withdrawn. 

Art. 9th. Every motion made and seconded, shall come under the consideration of the 
Association, except it be withdrawn b_y the member who made it. 

Art. 10th. The Association shall eudearor to furnish the churches with the Mmut«s of 
the Association. The best method of etiectiug that purpose, shall be at the discretion of 
the future Associations. 

Art. 11th. We think it absolutely necessary that we should have an Association Fund 
for defraying the expenses of the same ; for the raising and supporting, of which we 
think it the duty of each Church in the Union to contribute voluntarily, such sums as 
they shall tkink proper, and send by the hands of their Delegates, to the Association ; 
and those moneys thus contributed by the Churches and received by the Association, 
shall be deposited in the hands of the Treasurer, by the Association, who shall be 
accountable to the Association for all moneys by him received, and paid out, according 
to the direction of the Association. 

Art. 12th. The minutes of the Association, when printed, shall be regularly filed by 
the Clerk, and the book by him shall be kept for the use of the Association, and he shall 
endeavor to have said book present at each Association. 

Art. 1.3th. The minutes of the Association shall be read, (and corrected if need be,) 
and signed by the Moderator and Clerk, before the Association rises.. 

Art. 14th. Amendments to this plan or form of government, may be made at any 
time, by a majority of the Union, when they may deem it necessary. 

Art. 15th. The Association shall have power 1st. To provide for the general Union of 
Churches. 2nd. To preserve inviolably a chain of communication amongst the Churches. 
3rd. To give the Churches all necessary advice in matters of difficulty. 4th. To inquire 
into the cause why the Churches fail to represent themselves at any time, in the Asso- 
ciation. 5th. To appropriate those moneys by the Churches contributed for an Associa- 
tion Fund, to any purpose they may think proper. 6th. To appoint any member or 
members, by and with his or their cqnsent, to transact any business they may see 
proper. 7th. The Association shall have power to withdraw from any Church in this 
Union, which shall violate the rules of this Association, or deviate from the orthodox 
principles of Religion. 8th. To admit any of the distant brethren in the ministry, as 
assistants, and who may be present at the time of their setting, whom they shall judge 
necessary. 9th. The Association shall have power to adjourn themselves to any future 
time or place they may think most convenient to the Churches in the Union. 

JOB GOODSIAN, Modemto)'. JAMES McDANIEL, Clerl. 

RULES OF DECORUM. 

Art. 1st, The Association shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

Art. 2nd. A Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by the members present. 

Art. Srd. Only one person shall speak at a time, who shall rise from his seat and ad- 
dress the Moderator, when he is about to make his speech. 

Art. 4th. The person thus speaking shall not be interrupted in his speech by any, ex- 
cept the Moderator, until he is done speaking. 

Art. 5th. He shall strictly adhere to the subject, and in no wise reflect on the person 
who spoke before, so as to make remarks on his slips, feelings, or imperfections ; but 
shall fairly state the case and matter as nearly as he can, so as to convey light or ideas.. 

Art. 7th. No person shall abruptly break off, or absent himself from the Association 
without liberty from the Association. 

Art. 7th. No person shall rise and speak more than three times on any subject without 
liberty from the Association. 

Art. 8th. No member of the Association shall have the liberty of laughing during the 
sitting of the same, nor whispering in the time of a public speech. 

Art. 9th. No member of the Association shall address another in any other terms or 
appellations but the title of Brother. 

Art. 10th. The Moderator shall not intercupt any member, or prohibit him from 
speaking, till he gives his light on the subject, except he breaks the rules of this Decorum. 

Art. 11th. The names of the several members of the Association shall be enrolled by 
the Clerk, and called over as often as the Association requires. 

Art. 12th The Moderator shall be the last person who shall speak to the subject, who 
may give his opinion if he pleases, before he puts the matter to a vote, but shall have 
no vote himself, unless the Association be equally divided. 

Art. loth. That any member who shall willingly and knowingly break any of these 
xules, shall be reproved by the Association as they shall think proper. 

JOB GOODMAN, Moderator. JAMES McDANIEL, O^r^- 



MINUTES 



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MINUTES. 



Thursday, Woveiimher 2d, 1854. 

Tlie introductory sermon was delivered, according to ap- 
pointment, by Elder Geoege "W. Hill, from 5tli of Genesia, 
and 24tli verse. 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association 
was called to order by the Moderator, and the Divine direc- 
tion'invoked by Brother Cashwell. 

A majority of churches being represented, the Association 
proceeded to business. 

Appointed Brothers J. A. Eozier, G. W. Hill, and F. Len- 
non, as a Committee of Finance. 

Appointed Brother J. G. Powell, Assistant Clerk. 

Yisiting Brethren were invited to seats with us, when 
Brothers Perkinson and Pritchard presented themselves. 

After the reading of letters, and recording the names of 
Delegates, the officers were elected, viz : Haynes Lennon, 
Moderator; Robt. M. McPackan, Clerk and Treasurer, and 
James C. Powell, Assistant Clerk. 

Adjourned to Friday Morning at 9^ o'clock. Prayer by 
Brother Prevatt. 



Friday Morning, 9|- o'clock. 

The Association met according to adjournment. 

Beading the Scriptures and singing by the Moderator. 
Prayer by Brother Conelly. 

A Committee of Yigilance was appointed, consisting of 
Brothers John Granger, John Monroe, and Bright Williams. 

A committee was appointed to supply the stage, during the 
session of the Association, consisting of Brethren A. F. Powell, 
J. A. Rozier, M. Meares, and the Deacons of the Spring 
Branch Church. 



All opportriiiitj was afforded newlj constituted clmrclies 
to present themselves for admissiou, when the Raft Swamp 
and Shady Grove churches presented themselves and were 
received. 

The Little River Church applying for admission, an objec- 
tion Avas made on account of supposed disorder ; the matter 
was referred to a committee consisting of elders A. Paul E,ep- 
iton, L. C. Perldnson, and Brothers M. Meares, B. Williams, 
and E. M. JMcRackau. 

An invitation was extended to sister associations, when 
Brethren Charles Eeaves, George Reaves, and Elder J. D. 
Coleman, from the Welsh iSTeck Association, presented them- 
selves, and were invited to seats with us. 

A letter of corresponelence was read from the Pee D«^e 
Association, which was received with christian warmth. '■■■ 

James C. Powell v\'as appointed to write a letter of corres- 
pondence to the Union, A, Paul Repiton to the AVelsh ]!^eclc, 
and P. C. Conellv to the Pee Dee, Associations. 

A. Paul Repiton, L. C. Perldnson, and P. C. Conelly were 
appointed a committee to examine candidates for ordination. 

The committee appointed to visit Mt. Carmel church re- 
ported ; report received. , 

William Ayers and Bright Williams were appointed a com- 
mittee to select subjects for the next Association. 

It was determined at the next session of the Association to 
have a sermon on Regeneration, by Brother A. Paul Repiton. 

Directed that 2,000 copies of the Minutes be printed at the 
Biblical Recorder office. 

litsoIveJ, That the churches witlun the bounds of this Association be 
requested, in making out their statistical account, to specify the number of 
white males and white females — the black as a whole, and total member- 
ship. 

The next session of the Association to be lield with the Big 
Branch Church, Robeson county, ]N"ortli Carolina, on Thurs- 
day, 10^ o'clock, before the fourth Sabbath in October, 1855, 
and that brc>ther o. H. Conr, preach the introductory sermon, 
and G. W. Lennon be the alternate. 

Brother Conelly tof>reach at 12 o'clock on Sabbath, at the 
next Association. 



Brotlier "W, D. Maktii.', from tlie Welsli I^eck, and J. M. 
Marshal, from the Union Associations, were invited to seats 
with us. 

Query f 

AYhat steps shonld be taken with a brother who has been 
regularly dismissed from a chui-ch, who holds said letter some 
months — has been guilty of no unchristian conduct that the 
church is apprised of — returns said letter to the church in 
conference assembled, without a desire to be received back 
into the fellowship of the church ; but says he has no use for 
the letter, and tlie church can do as they please with it and 
him \ 

Answer. 

Such conduct savors not of the spirit of Christ ; but is indi- 
cative of a backslider in heart, and should be prayed for and 
admonished by his church ; if such means fail to reclaim him, 
he should be disciplined. 

Appointed E. M. McRackakt and II. LEN2f0N to -prepare a 
report on Indian Missions. -' 

Association adjourned to make way for a meeting of the 
Domestic Missionary Board, to 9^ o'clock, Saturday morning. 



Satukday Morning, 9|- o'clock. 

Association met according to adjournment. Prayer bj 
brother John Monroe. 

The committee in regard to the Little River Church, re- 
ported favorably. Report received. 

Report on Ministerial Education received, and its appen- 
dage to the minutes ordered. Upon the reception of th 
report, addresses were delivered by brothei-s Repiton, Pr: 
CHARD, and Dayton. 

A scholarship was then raised, by the following persons 
subscribing each twenty-five dollars, viz : 

1. A. P. Repiton, - - - - $25 00 

2. J. W. Smith, - - - - 25 00 

3. H. Lennon, - - - - 25 00 



4. F. Pre vat, - - - - $25 00 

6. A. Smith, - - - - 25 00 

6. E. Wooten, - - - - 25 00 

1. A. F. Powell. - - - - 25 00 

8. G. W. Lennon, - - - - 25 00 

9. W. Ayers, - - - - 25 00 

10. J. A. Eozier, - - - - 25 00 

11. J. B. Thompson, - - - - 25 00 

12. Jos. Thompson, - - - - 25 00 

13. Bright WilKams, - - - , - 25 00 

14. T. S. Memory, - - - - 25 00 

15. J. Ilarrelson, - - - - 25 00 

16. W. Frink, . ' . . . 25 00 

■ IT. D.F.Williamson,- - - - 25 00 • 

18. S. B. Stanaland, - - - ' - 25 00 

19. Daniel A. Bnie, - - - - 25 00 

20. E. M. McKackan, - - - - 25 00 

J. W. Smith and H. Lennon paid T. H. Pritchard. 

Eeporf on Foreign Missions . received, and its appendage 
ordered. 

Eeport on the Bible canse received, and its appendage 
ordered. ,At which time brother Dayton, of Tennessee, laid 
before the Association the claims of the Bible Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention. Brother Dayton offered the 
following resolution, which was adopted. 

Be»ohed, That we rejoice in the success of the labors of the North Caro- 
lina Baptist Bible and Southern Publication Society ; and that we heartily 
approve of their action at their last annual meeting in making themselves 
auxiliary to the Bible Board of the Southern Baptist Convention ; and we 
will earnestly endeavor to advance the great objects of that board, in dis- 
tributing the word of life at home and in foreign lands. 
^ Eesolved^ That our ministers in this Association be heartily requested to 
^preach a sermon on the importance of giving the Word of God to those who 
are perishing for lack of knowledge, and take up a collection for the use of 
the above named Board. 

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Eeport on Indian Missions was read before the Association, 
which was received, and its appendage to the minutes or- 
dered. 

Eeport on Sabbath Schools received, and ordered to be 
appended to minutes. 



Keport on Tempei'ance receivedj and its appendage to tlie 
minutes ordered. 

Report on Ministerial Examination received, and its appen- 
dage to the minutes ordered. 

The letters of correspondence to the Union and "Welsh 
Keck Associations being imprepared, time was allowed, with 
instructions to lay them before the Moderator and Clerk. 

The Committee to select subjects, and appoint Committees 
to write on them for the next Association, report as follows : 

On Ministerial Education, P. C. CojifELLT & J. H. Cobb. 
" Foreign Missions, A. P. Pepiton & S. Spoonee. 
" Bihle Societies, D. B. Ateks & Jacob TnoMPsoij". 
" Sdblath Schools, James A. Rozier. 
" Publication Societies, Benjamin Freeman. 
" B. State Convetition, H. Lennon & P. Wooten. 

Temjperaoice, P. M. McRackan & W. Peine. 

ColjportOjge, F. Lennon & J. C. Powell. 

Wahe Forest College, E. Davis & II. 11. Ellis. 

TTie Southern Bajptist Convention and its objects, H. 
Lennon & G. W. Hill. 

The clerk to receive twenty dollars for his services. 

Tlie Committee of Finance, ^reported as having received 
$7Y,87|-, which, after paying for the preparing and printing of 
the minutes, to be appropriated to the Domestic Mission 
Board. 

Ordered that the funds taken up to-morrow, (Sabbath) be 
paid to the Treasurer of the Domestic Mission Board. 

Resolution by A. Paul Repiton, concerning "Wake Forest 
College, was adopted as follows : 

Resohed, That the Pastors, Ministers and Delegates, within the boundg 
of this Association, be requested to lay the subject of a Scholarship in Wake 
Forest College, before the churches composing this body, and ascettain 
their views in regard to the raising -a Scholarship, by pledging the churches 
in a sum to be paid in one or two annual contributions for this purpose. 

Resolved^ That the thanks of this Association be tendered to the neigh- 
borhood for their hospitable entertainment. 



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Agreed that tlie Association give place to the Domestic 
Mission Board. 

Association came into session. 

The Association suspended business for the purpose of giv- 
ing the Bible Society an opportunity of meeting. 

Association resumed business. 

JSesohed, That the Association will not consider itself as adjourned, until 
the services of to-morrow are concluded, and that they be closed by singing 
the hymn, " Blest be the tie that binds," with the benediction of the Mod- 
erator. 

Whereas, Conflicting claims have arisen among the delegates from the 
Cape Fear church, as to the right of a seat in the Association, Therefore, 

Resohedy That their claims be referred to their church for adjustment. 

Qtiery? 
Is it right for the Association to receive a church when she 
petitions for admission in this Association, when there is dis- 
order in the said church ? Tlie query was referred to a Com- 
mittee who returned an answer, which will be found in report. 



Sabbath, I^ov. 6th. 

At the appointed hour, service was commenced by Elder 
A. Paxil KEPnoN, who delivered a discouree on Justification, 
from Komans, v c: 1 v, " Tlierefore being justified by faith, 
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Elder H. Lennon followed by preaching from Hebrews, xi 
chap. 39-40 verses. " And these all, having obtained a good 
report through faith, received not the promise : God having 
provided some better thing for us, that they without us should 
not be made perfect." 

Elder A. C Dayton, (in the afternoon) discoursed to ua 
from first Peter, Ist chap. 11th verse. " The sufierings of 
Christ, and the glory that should follow." . 

•After which, (in the language of brother Pritchard) "the 
worthy Moderator made a few aifecting remarks ; and while 
the large congregation of brethren sang "Blest be the tie that 
binds," we all engaged in that old fashioned soul melting cus- 
tom of shaking hands, and while our hearts were full of love 



for each other and praise to God, we all, like Paul and his 
brethren parting at the sea side, knelt down and asked God's 
blessing upon each other, till we should meet again." 

HAYNES LENInOI^, Moderatm-, 

RoBT. M. McRackan, Clerh. 



APPENDIX. 



EEPOET OlSi THE LITTLE EIVEE CHUECII. 

To the Jfoderator and Delegates 

composi?ig the Cajpe Fear Bajytist Association : 

Deajr Brethren : — Your Committee to whom was referred 
tlie application for membership from Little Eiver Church ; 
and the query from the Beiilah Church, have had the same 
under consideration, and would beg leave to report : That as 
the members of Little Eiver Church, were in tlie possession 
of regular letters of dismission, the evidence recognised by 
us in such cases made and provided ; and upon their faitn 
were regularly organized a Baptist Church of Christ, by Min- 
isters esteemed and approved by this body ; and as they have 
endorsed our articles of faith, and profess to be Missionary 
Baptists, we are bound, according to usage, and from courtesy,, 
to receive said Church into our Association. 

In the next place, your Committee would state, in regard to 
the query submitted, that they are of the opinion, that any 
Church, or m-embers of a Church, who are cognizant of uh- 
christain conduct on the part of a member, or members of a 
sister Church, have a right to inform that Church, and should 
do so, of such conduct, and leave the Church of such disaifec- 
ted member or members to discipline said members against 
whom the complaint is made. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

A. PAUL EEPITOK, Chairman. 



EEPOET O^ THE MT. CAEMEL CHUECH. 

The Committee appointed to wait on the Mt. Carmel Church 
have performed that duty, and report as follows : That the 
said Church was constituted of members from the Mt. Pisgah 
and Shallott Church ; that she never received any increase of 
members while she remained a Church, and that in July, 1850, 



she was dissolved, by tlie unanimous vote of tlie Cluu-cli, and 
the members took letters to the Churches from wlience thcj 
came. 

RespectfuUy submitted, 

WILLIAM ;MxiTIIEWS, Chairman. 



EEPOET OK FOEEIGN MISSIOXS. 

Deae Bkethbejs" : — The command of our Lord Jesus Christ 
was, when upon the earth, to go into all the world, and pro- 
claim his Gospel to every creature. But we would ask how 
is this gracious commission to be executed, according to the 
letter and spirit of his word ? We answer, that, as the Al- 
mighty is pleased to carry out his designs by human instru- 
mentality in part, at least, it is our duty to adapt ourselves as 
nearly as possible to His high designs concerning our fellow- 
men. While the cry of the poor heathen is reaching us con- 
tinually, is it not time that we who live in a Gos23el land should 
exert ourselves to the utmost, in extending the priviliges we 
enjoy, to the benighted nations of the earth ; that they may 
enjoy the peace which we are possessed of? And we think 
that the course of the Domestic Mission Board, will *ere long 
be productive of good in that of Foreign Missions. But bre- 
thren, inasmuch as one soul is of incalculable value ; and no 
doubt there are hundreds perishing daily for lack of knowl- 
edge ; is it not our indispensable duty to aid by every possible 
means, to extend our Missionary operations, confidently ex- 
pecting, that as light and knowledge is diffused in our own 
land, a return will be made large enough to make our oftering 
the more eflPectual ? We believe that it will ; and that we 
shall be enabled also to contribute to the Baptist State Con- 
vention, that their designs of good will also be furthered. 
Eepectfully submitted, 

FUEiTEY PEEYATT, Chairman. 



EEPOET OF COMMITTEE ON THE EX AMINATIOiT OF 
CAISTDIDATES FOE THE MINISTEY. 

Deae BRETmsEN: — ^Your Committee on the Examination of 
Candidates for the Ministry, have had Brother John Harrel- 
son before them, and having heard him relate his christian 
experience, his call to the Ministry ; and having examined 



Ilim upon tlie cardinal points of tlie Gospel ; and being satis- 
fied that he is a changed or regenerated man ; that lie has 
been serionsly impressed with a sense that it is his duty to 
preach ; and finding liiiu sound upon the above cardinal points, 
would recommend him to ordination, upon the condition, that 
he study as far as possible to show himself approved unto God, 
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth. 

Respectfully submitted, v 

A. PAUL EEP-ITOX. ChaArman, 



PvEPQIlT OF COMMiriEE OX IXDIAX MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Indian Missions beg leave to report: 
Tliat they esteem the Indian Mission cause, one of deep and 
stirring interest — that it commends itself to the attention and 
sympathies of the patriot and the christian, and has claims on 
the confidence, prayers and contributions of the whole Anglo- 
American people. 

In view of the facts, that there are said to be 20,000,000 of 
the aboriginees in North and South America, of which sev- 
eral millions are in the United States and its Territories, 
and upwards of 100,000 in the Indian Territory immedi- 
ately on our western border ; that they all liave souls as 
precious as those of foreign heathens, and ^vliicli must be saved 
or lost eternally ; that they know not God ; are without hope 
for the next world or comfort in this ; that through mission- 
ary and governmental efforts in our own countr}' — blest of 
the Lord, six tribes, including some 60,000 Indians, are de- 
nominated civilized — give unequivocal evidence of their claims 
to be so considered, and many of them are our christian 
brethren; that several other tribes are greatly improved; 
that mau}^ are yet without teachers, missionaries, or the word 
of life, and are asking — begging for all these, but cannot be 
furnished for want of means ; tliat they arc, in the providence 
of God, thrown in almost immediate contact, and in some in- 
stances, mixing with our owii population — are consequently 
part and parcel of the home mission interest ; that while we 
possess and are comfortable in their father-land — the homes 
and graves of their ancestors, they are driven into exile in 
the wilderness, where they are consumed by drunkenness and 
want, surrounded by destitution and immersed in calamities ! 
the principal and worst part of which evils has been the work 
of a degraded class of vv'hite men, who were governed by 



principles from a worse world than ours : we say, in view of 
these, and many otlier facts of which we have not time to 
speak, we are greatly astonished that we have been so mnch 
asleep to, and have not felt a deeper interest in their condi- 
tion, and that they have been so often forgotten in our sym- 
pathies, preaching, prayers and ahns. Therefore — 

Resohed, 1. That the Indian Missson cause is entitled, and we commend 
it to the attention, sympathies, prayers and contributions of the patriot, 
the benevolent, and the christian of our country. 

2. That we recommend to the churches, ministers, and friends, to adopt 
some systematic plan of co-operating with or assisting those noble and self- 
sacrificing spirits who are devotedly engaged, and often suffering for the 
common necessaries of life, in the cause of Indian civilization and evan- 
gelization — that they, once in each year, present the subject before their 
congregations, take up collections and receive contributions, in order to 
help forward this glorious cause. 

3. That we cordially recommend Elder G. F. H. Crockett, M. D., of the 
American Indian Mission Association, agent for this and other States, to 
the contidence and favor of the churches, and the hospitality of the breth; 
ren and friends in our region. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

ROBT. M. McEACI^:N". 



eepoet ok sabbath schools aet> pijblica- 

tio:n societies. 

Deak Brethren : — ^Your Committee on Sabbath Schools 
and Publication Societies beg leave to submit the following : 

Inasmuch as we have not seen the statistics of either for 
the past year, we cannot report further, than so far as we 
know they are in a prosperous condition. As for Sabbath 
Schools, there is no society in which we, as a denomination, 
should engage in more heartily. It carries such a hallowed 
influence over the rising generation, gladdening the hearts of 
parents, in the happy conversion of tlieir children to a true 
and living Redeemer, while increasing facilities for carrying 
on such a good work are daily growing. The ISTorth Carolina 
Baptist Bible and Publication Societies in almost every As- 
sociation in the State, have appointed suitable colporteurs, 
whose business it is to visit every family, carrying with them 
the words of eternal life, rehgious books and tracts, &c. With 
the hearty co-operation of the brethren and heads of families, 
we might have flourishing Sabbath Schools in every church, 



bringing liglit, and knowledge, and morality to tlie children, 
eventuating in large and attentive congregations bound to- 
gether in peace and unity. None are too wise to learn, or 
too illiterate to be taught in a Sabbath School. Brethren, 
look at the advantages that the opposers of good are gaining 
over us by oui' indiiference. Shall we for modesty's sake sit 
still and see our goodly land possessed by errorists of every 
sort ? Let us betake ourselves to the weapons of our warfare, 
let us fill every house with Bibles, Bible literature and Bible 
knowledge, and glory and honor will be given where it is 
most justly due. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAEIUS B. AYERS, Cha'n. 



REPORT ON THE ITINERACY. 

The Committee to whom was referred the subject of the 
Itineracy in the Cape Fear Association, report: That we 
have consulted the following brethren, and they have agreed 
to give a portion of their time to the Itineracy, viz : Elders 
Conelly, Hill, and Prevat. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES C. POWELL, CMn. 



REPORT ON THE BIBLE CAUSE. 

Deais Brethren : — "We have examined the report of the 
American and Foreign Bible Society, and find that during 
the year commencing May 1853, and ending May 1854, they 
report that 15,350 copies of the word of God have been gran- 
ted from the depository, and over 51,000 Bibles have been is- 
sued ; more than 100,000 copies of the Scriptures have been 
circulated in foreign tongues. Tliis is a great work, yet much 
more remains to be done ; for until we read the Sacred Scrip- 
tures we are ignorant of the dreadful consequences of sinning 
against God, and the means he has graciously provided for 
our salvation. Let us then go to work heart and hand in this 
good cause, until not only every house, but every reader shall 
be furnished with the words of sacred truth. Then shall the 
heathen cast their Idols to the moles and the bats ; our Mis- 



sionaries 'will then travel immolested, carrying the glad tidings 
of salvation, and all nations will be bowing to the Standard of 
Immannel. The promises of our God will be fulfilled when 

" His blessings shall extend, 

His saving grace appear; 
And all to earth's remotest end, 

The Lord our Savionr fear." 

EespectfuUy submitted, 

SAMUEL DUSENBEERY, CK'n. 



REPOET OE COMMITTEE OlSf TEMPEEAIs-CE. 

Tour Committee to whom was referred the subject of Tem- 
perance, report as follows : That if it was not for the impor- 
tance the subject demands of us, we should after so much has 
been said and written by the ablest men of our country, al- 
most shrink from the tast, but knowing as we do, that much, 
yea, very much yet remains to be done, before the monster 
intemperance is entirely driven from our land, and that if our 
feeble etJ'orts in the cause can be of anv benefit to our fellow 
man, we feel willing to contribute all we can to advance the 
good cause of temperance, and to do this, your Committee 
are of opinion, that no more effectual means can be adopted, 
than, that our Brethren collectively, come to the determina- 
tion to abstain entirely from all that will intoxicate. For the 
sake of humanity, for the sake of the example to the rising 
generation, we feel it to be an indispensable duty rest- 
ing on every Christian, strictly to adhere to this principle, for 
our candid impression is, that if the professed Christians of 
aU denominations would pursue this course, that it would take 
but a little time to have a sober world. 

"We will not consume your time in trying to enumerate the 
tlie evils of intemperance^ beheving that it will take the whole 
of vast eternitv to do that. We would however, make a few 
suggestions m a pecuniary as well as religious point of view. 
Suppose the members of our denomination throughout JN^orth 
Carolina, were to abstain entu-ely from the use of intoxicating 
drinks, and whenever each one thought that he must have hia 
usual quantity of liquors, enquire what that would cost, and 
instead of making the purchase, lay by the amount and at 
the end of the year, send up to the Baptist State Convention, 
what might thus be saved from time to time, how long. Breth- 
ren, Vv'ould it be before we could endow Wake Forest College, 



educate and send ont youno; ministers to all tlie destitute in 
every portion of our beloved State. 

But, perhaps some will say, "I cannot be thus deprived of 
my liberties." Your Committee are of opinion, that no such 
liberty belongs to any man, for all are fully aware of the bad 
influence drinking has on the community, and no 'man has a 
right to do that which liQ'^knows is of a demoralizing char- 
acter. 

What our Great Creator has given us in this world. He has 
given us, that we should use it to His glory, and we ask, what 
right have we to abuse the means He has put in our power of 
doing good ? 

We are told to " touch not, taste not, handle not, that which 
perisheth with the using," and again we would remind those 
who claim for themselves such great liberties, that the Scrip- 
ture hath said : " Ye are not your own, ye are bought with a 
price." Then, if we are not our own, how dare we pervert 
the use of God's blessings by such unholy practice ? 

In closing this report, 3"our Committee would recommend 
to families generally, throughout the baunds of our Associa- 
tion, to take the "■ Spirit of the Age," a temperance paper 
published in the City of Raleigh, by A. M. Gorman, Esq., at 
the remarkably low price of one dollar a year. 
Kespectfully submitted, 

EICHARD WOOTEiSs Chairman. 



MimSTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The perpetuity of the christian ministry as a distinct class 
or order of men, who are especially required to devote all 
their energies, talents and time, to the w^ork of preaching the 
Gospel, is as clearly the teaching of the Holy Scriptures, aa- 
that it is their duty to pray or to repent of sin. Their duties 
in every particular, and their qualifications in general, as also 
their identity with the Kingdom of Christ, are specifically 
laid down in the New Testament. 1. They are called of God, 
" jS^o man taketh this honor to himself but he that is called of 
God, as was Aaron. " "As my Father hath sent me, even so send 
lyou." Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you ; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world." 2. They are to relinquish all secular 
pursuits. " No man that warreth entangleth himself with the 



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affairs of this life, that h^ may please him who hath chosen 
him to be a soldier. Meditate upon these things ; give thy- 
self wholly to them, that thy jjrofiting may appear to all." 
3. Their temporal support is to be contributed by those who 
are taught in the word. " So hath the Lord ordained, that 
they who preach the Gospel shall live of the Gospel. If we 
have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing that 
we shall reap your carnal things?" -i Their subjective rela- 
tion to the churches is of special appointment. " I certify 
370U, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is 
not after man, for I neither received it of man, neither was I 
taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." " Who 
hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not accord- 
ing to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, 
which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began ; 
but is now made manifest by tlie appearing of our Saviour 
Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life 
and immortality to liglit through the gospel; whereunto I am 
appointed a Preacher, and an Apostle and a Teacher of the 
Gentiles." 5 Their objective appointment is the sanction of 
a Presbytery. " Thou shouldst set in order the things that 
are wanting, and ordain Elders in every city as I had appoin- 
ted thee. When they had ordained them Elders in every 
church, and had prayed, with lasting, they commended them 
to the Lord on whom they believed. ^Neglect not the gift 
that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the 
lavino; on of the hands of the Presbvterv." 6 Their relations 
to the churches ai'e official — they ai'e teachers. " God hath 
set some in the church ; first. Apostles ■; secondly. Prophets ; 
thirdly. Teachers; after that, miracles, then gifts of heahng, 
helps, governments, divinities of tongues. He gave some 
Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, and some Pastors 
and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for' the work of 
the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." They 
are also made rulers or overseers. " Let the Elders that rule 
well, be counted wortliy of double honor, especially they who 
labor in word and doctrine. Obey them that have the rule 
over you and submit yourselves, for the}" watch for your souls 
as they that must give account." Thus the official and ap- 
pointed relationships which exist between the churches and 
' the ministry, are conclusively settled upon such fundamental 
principles, as must underlie all correct views of the office and 
work of the ministry, and of the qualifications necessary to. 
those who would enter it. 

This dispensation, the inspired Paul committed only " to 
faithful men, who were able to teach others also." Such were 



Ills conscientious Scruples about tlie self-snfficiency and vanity 
of men for office, tliat he most solemnly protests againtt elevat- 
ino- to the office of Bishop, any who could not produce testimoni- 
als of unblemished moral character, and mental quahfications 
for such a holy calling. " Let them be tried ; not a novice ; 
not given to wine ; not covetous ; but sober, of good beha- 
vioui"; given to hospitality; apt to teach ; ruling well his own 
house, having his children in subjectioii." 

With tliese fects before ns, the minister of Christ is placet] 
in a most solemn and responsible position before the church 
and the Avorld ; the former to be defended and sustanied ; the 
latter to be subdued and overcome, that the kingdoms of this 
world may become the kingdom of ouv Lord and Saviour Je- 
sus Christ. Who is sufficient for these things ? Doubtless 
every minister present feels his inadequacy, and exclaims 
with good Jeremiah, "lama child 1" yet, wdth ISTehemiah, 
feels that he " is doing a great work and cannot come down." 
But in connection with their labors, they feel greatly the want 
of a better education. As they have learned so they commu- 
nicate, and if defective, must be laden with error, defeating 
its own end however good. 

Tliere are no external aids or influences that will compensate 
ignorance or imbecility. We do not mean that he is not fitted 
fbr his work and aided in it by the Holy Spirit : but tliat the 
Holy Spirit never so fits and aids a man as to dispense with 
tlie exercise of his own faculties and affections, nor does it 
^communicate directly any knowledge to the mind. The Holy 
Spirit never teaches the art of pronunciation, nor the definir 
ti(^n of words. Knowledge must be acquired by the minister 
of tlie gospel through tlie same methods as bj the nngodlTs 
The theologian must learn l)y the same processes as the phih 
osopher. ]^o man in the ministry more tlian elsewhere can 
exercise any powers which he does not naturally possess, nor 
communicate any thing which lie has not by ordinary processes 
learned. Yet, we are aware there seems to be an impression 
on many minds that a minister may expect some. sort of su-. 
pernatural aid in acquiring or communicating truth, whicll 
it would be presumption in an orator or lecturer to expects 
Tliat in reliance upon tliis kind of aid he may somewhat modify,, 
if not dispense with preparatory studies or mental labor. The 
Spirit of God does not so operate. That He aids, enlightens, 
even suggests, is all true, but he does this in the line of his 
own mental and spmtual activities, not without them. The 
man who without study or thought, tells us that he casts him- 
self directly upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and 
means to utter only that whiph is supernatnrally commu- 



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nicated to liim, is likely to express siicli thonglits, in sucli forms, 
as would degrade even an ordinarily intelligent mind, and 
siicli as are characteristic not of divine v\'isdom, but of his own 
nnniistakahle ignorance, presumption and folly. It is an in- 
sult to the Holy Spirit to attribute the emptiness of an igno- 
rant or indolent mind to His inspirations, or to make His 
promised aids an excuse for leaving the mind unfurnished 
and inactive. The cultivation of tliis mind is what we are 
seeking — its preparation and adaptedness to the work of the 
gospel ministry, so as rightly to "divide the word of truth," 
and " shew itself approved unto God." Such is the character 
of MIND that it may be made to explore the celestial regions, 
fathom the mysteries of Providence, and develope the re- 
sources of the natural world. What are the mighty steamers 
that play upon the ocean's bosom — the engines on the rail- 
way — the magnetic telegraph extending across our mighty 
land, but the concentrated enero-ies of mind reduced to 
practical purposes ! But in religion a variety of circumstances 
may concur to repress the active tendencies of the mind ; but 
let the gospel obtain admission into it, and from that moment 
the most torpid specimen of humanity is quickened into a 
new mental as well as moral hfe. Even the mind "which was 
previously alive and vigorous, becoms conscious of a new im- 
pulse to activity, and a new sj^liere in which to spend it. 
The Bible becomes his law, and the Holy Spirit his interpre- 
ter. It at once creates light and courts it. jSTot only does it- 
extol knowledo-e as a "-lorv, but commands us to seek it as a 
most sacred dutv. But if christianitv thus awakens the men- 
tal and moral activity of man, and if the education we advo- 
cate consists in sustaining that activity and directing it aright, 
the desirableness of such education is no lonsrer a doubtful 
question ; settled, by no arbitration of ours, but \>j the pre- 
determinate consent of Hdh who gave to our mental constitu- 
tion its activity, and to the Bible the power of arousing that 
activity. Unless, therefore, we do violence to the mind, edu- 
cation to some extent becomes a religious necessitv. And if 
education be thus de&i)-able f<:»r every inquiring christian 
mind, how- much more important must it be for the man of 
God, whose commission is "to testify the gospel of the grace 
of God" and "to show unto men the way of salvation !" 
Xo angel ever came from heaven on so mighty an errand as 
theirs, but His ambassadors are sent to open the eyes of a 
guilty world, turn them from darkness to light, "and the 
power of Satan unto God," " that they might receive forgive- 
ness of sins and an inheritance among them which are sane- 
tilled by faith in Christ." Tlieir a.im is nothing less than to 



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rescue gnilty and depraved, yet imraortp,! beings, from tLe 
lowest hell, and conduct tliem to the heaven of heavens ; to 
transform them from the resemblance of tlie devil, into the 
image of the invisible God. And when all the labors of other 
professors will be annihilated ; when the linest paintings, the 
sublimest statues, the most durable monuments, the pyra- 
mids of Egypt ; when the immortal works (so are they called) 
of philosoj)liers, legislators, historians, poets; shall be con- 
sumed, and the earth and all that is therein shall be burnt up, 
the effects of their tears, and studies, and visiting-^ and pray- 
ing, and preaching, shall remain. 

In conclusion, what is the condition of our churches? How 
long must they remain in their present destitution ? Will 
they not pray that more laborers be sent into the vineyard? 
And v/hen the Lord shall send them in, shall they be per- 
mitted to follow the secular business of life, or occupy the 
vineyard until the Lord shall come ? With an improving age — 
an onward march of intellect— shall the ministry be in the 
rear, or compelled to take lessons from the pure ? We are 
persuaded that the day is at hand that will possess every min- 
ister in our Association with a good English education, and 
would suggest that some plan be devised by this body, to 
effect such object. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

HxYYNES LEXIS^OX, Chrn'n. 



THE COMMITTEE OF FINANCE OF THE DOMESTIC MISSION BOaRD, 

REPORT AS FALLOWS: 



Ashe Pole, 


$13 51 


White Lake, 


15 00 


Big Branch, 


10 00 


Bethel, 


15 00 


Mount Eliam, 


10 20 


Beulah, 


5 00 


Back Swamp, 


15 25 


Cheerful Hope, 


15 50 


Saddle Tree, 


5 00 


Mount Pi.-gah, 


10 0(1 


Providence, 


12 00 


Mill Croek, 


5 00 


Pleasant Grove, 


5 00 


New Britain, 


8 00 


Beaver Dam, Columbus, 


5 00 


Shallot, 


5 00 


Cherry Grove, 


3 00 


Union, € 


5 00 


Cross Roads, 


15 01 » 


Friendship, 


3 50 


Macedonia, 


5 00 


Cape Fear, 


11 87 


Iron Hill Cross Roads, 


5 00 


Cedar Creek, 


10 00 


Mount Mori ah, 


10 56 


Concord, 


5 00 


Mount Tabor, 


5 0;) 


Pincy Grove, 


10 00 


Mount Zion, 


5 00 


Bear Swamp, 


10 00 


Pleasant Plains, 


11 Oi 


Honey Camp, 


10 00 


Porter Swamp, 


6 75 


Macedonia, S. C, 


5 00 


Pleasant Hill. 


5 00 


Buck Creek, 


6 00 


Mount Sinai, 


6 60 


United Church, 


5 00 


Seven Creeks, 


5 00 


Simps;)n's Creek, 


5 00 


White Marsh, 


5 00 


Spring Branch, 


10 00 


W^estern Pronp:, 


12 50 


Spring Field, 


5 00 


Beaver Dam, Bladen, 


9 13 


Orange St., Wilmington, 


10 00 


Brier Branch, 


' 5 0:) 


Shady Grove, 


12 ro 


Hickory Cirove, 


10 15 


Raft Swamp, 


6 00 



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A. Powell, 
S. Dusenburj, 
Paradise, 
J. Curry, 
Miss Dudley, 
J. A. Robinson, 



5 00 
5 00 

4 55 
1 00 

25 

5 00 



W. Hollingsworlh, 
A Friend, 
Antiocii, 
Lumberton, 



1 00 

50 

15 00 

10 15 



,^4CS 46 



Respectfully submitted. 

FURNEY PREVALL, Chairman 



MISSIO^T_^iEIES' EEPORTS. 



ELDER G. TV. inLL S EEPOKT. 



Deae Bretiiken : — Incompliance witli your appointment, 
I entered tlie field of labor assigned me as an Itinerant on 
the IGtli of March last. Since which, I have devoted nearly 
the whole of my time to the service of the Board, only allow- 
ing myself time sufficient for rest. I have visited the Church- 
es and stations giA'en me, monthly, and have been kindly and 
hospitably received. Some of the Churches were found in a 
cold condition, being destitute of regular preaching. Tiie 
congregations, with some few exceptions, have been as large 
as could be reasonably expected, and as I progressed in my 
labors, the prospects appeared gradually to brighten, offering 
sufficient encoura^reinent for the continuation and zealous 
perseverance in the field. I have spent 13S days in the ser- 
vice of the Board, preaclied 15-1 sermons, and have received 
from Churches and individuals, $i2.3t) ;and l)aptised 27 per- 
sons. 

Brethren.: Permit me in conclusion to say, from observa- 
tions made, and the little experience had, I am more than 
ever convinced of the impoi'tance and necessity of the Do- 
mestic Mission Cause, and if we can only be able to keep a 
self denying, zealous and efficient ministry in the field, hav- 
ing the cause of Christ at heart, by the help of God, we may 
be able to accomplish the work in which Ave are engaged, 
llespectfullv submitted, 

G. ^y. HILL. 



ELDER JAMES CASUWELL S REPORT. 



Dear brethren, in accordance with duty, I report to yon 
my missionary labors. They were commenced in March, and 
continued until October. In the first part of tlie year pr( s- 
pects seemed to be gloomy ; but towards the close appear- 
ances were very different, and I rejoice to say, that some 



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precious seasons have been enjoyed, while witnessing the 
comfort of christians, and sinners grieving over past folly. I 
have rode in all, including rest time, 153 days, preached 137 
sermons, baptized 37 persons, received from churches $15. 
iiespectfull}' submitted. 

JAMES CASirVVELL. 



ELDEK P. C. CONOLy's KEPOET. 



To the hrcthren composing the Cajje Fear Association : 

Dear brethren, in the good providence of the Almighty, I 
have been enabled, to some extent, to cultivate the liekl of 
labor you assigned me at your last session. The weather was 
exceedingly rainy in the winter, and oppressively warm in 
the summer; and, consequently, I had dilticulties of no small 
magnitude to contend with. But worst of all, I found the 
churches among which I had to labor, generally in a very 
cold state. I am happy, however, to inform you, such was 
not their condition at the expiration of my term of service. 
Tlie Holy Spirit, in rich ]3rofusion, has poured forth the show- 
ers of sovereign grace, and many have been enabled to re- 
joice in God their Savioui-, and look forward to their inherit- 
ance beyond the grave, with feelings of inexpressible delight. 
If I mistake not, including rest days, I have rendered 2-10 
days service for the Association. Baptized 32. My travel- 
ing expenses have been $d 66. Received from Churches 
$10 28. A part of the time I laboured night and day. 
Respectfully submitted. 

P. c. cois^oLr. 



A DIGEST OF THE STATE OF RELIGION 
Tji the Association, as indicated hy the Church Letters. 

Antioch. — Is in peace and union, and has enjoyed a gra- 
cious outpouring of the spirit. Elder Haynes Lennon is Pastor. 

Ashpole. — Has had a i>;loriou3 revival. Elder Wm. Avers 
IS Pastor. 

Bad' Swamj). — Has had a happy and interesting season of 
nine days continuance, when many were added to the church. 
Elder F. Pre vat is Pastor. 

Bear Swamp. — Communicates pleasing intelligence, hav- 
ing had a revival, wliich resulted in the conversion of twenty 
hopeful converts. Elder William Ayers is Pastor. 



14 

BeulaTi. — ^Thougli few in number, rejoices in the strength 
of their faith and love. Ekler Jesse Rogers is Pastor. 

Beaver Bmn, Bladen. — Communicates nothing of import- 
ance, more than they are in the enjoyment of peace. R. Fisher 
is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, Columhus. — Peport themselves in good order. 
Elder A. M. Noble is Pastor. 

Mount Blia7)i.~—Noihmg cheering. Elder Isliam Stone is 
Pastor. 

Jfovnt Zion. — Nothing important, but is hoping for better 
state of things to connnunicate. Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Brier Branch. — Complains of difhculties, which liave pro- 
duced coldness and discord. Elder James Cashwell is Pastor. 
White Lake. — Is in a lukewarm condition. Ekler P. C 
Conoly has preached for them some few times. 

ShaUott. — Is in peace and love. Elder William M. Mints 
is Pastor. 

JVevj Britain. — Nothing important. Ekler Joel Bennett 
is Pastor. 

Hlclwri]. — Nothing very cheering. Ekler H. Lennon is 
Pastor. 

Friendshii). — (Jnimportant.- Elder A. M. Noble is Pastor. 

Momit Pisgah. — Is in peace and love. Ekler Wilham M. 
Mints is Pastor. 

31ill Creek. — Is in a lifeless condition. No Pastor. 

Spring Branch. — Has attentive congregations. Elder F. 
Prevat is Pastor. 

United' Church. — Peace and love abounding, with some 
exceptions. Ekler Jesse Rogers is Pastor. 

Sjjringfdd. — Is in peace and love. Elder William M. 
Mints is Pastor. 

Mount Tahor. — Speaks of an increase in faith. Elder Z. 
Bullock -is Pastor. 

Western Prong. — Enjoys kindly feelings towards each other. 
Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Bethel. — Unimportant. Elder Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 
White Marsh. — Has large and attentive congregations. 
Elder Z. Bullock is Pastor. 

Cross Roads.- — Is at peace one Math another. Elder H. 
Lennon is Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope. — Is in good order, and has had some addi- 
tions. Elder G. W. Lennon is Pastor. 

Saddle Tree. — Has peace and harmony, with some addi- 
tions. Elder E. Davis is Pastor. 

Providence. — Is in peace and'lTnion. Elder J. Monroe is 
Pastor. 



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Mount Sinai. — Speaks of being in a prosperous condition, 
but no Pastor. 

Iron H'lU Cross Hoads. — Generally in peace. Elder J. 
Rogers is Pastor. 

Cherry Grove. — l^otliing cheering. Has no Pastor. 

Pleasant Ilill. — Is endeavoring to exercise discipline. El- 
der D. J. Kay is Pastor. 

HocJi'Jish. — Coldness prevails to some extent. Elder J. 
Casliwell, supply. 

Piney Grove. — Is in peace and union, and lias montldy 
preaching by Elder D. S. Williams. 

Seven Creehs. — A number has joined the Eree "Wills. W. 
M. Ments is supply. 

Pleasant Plains. — Has had a gracions revival, with a 
goodly number added. Elder G. "W . Ilill is Pastor. 

Concord. — Rejoices in having had a revival. Elder R. 
Eisher is Pastor. 

Cedar Creelc. — Has had a visitation of the spirit of all grace, 
which resulted in the inquiry of many souls after the way of 
Zion. Elder F. Prevat is Pastor. 

Porter Swamj). — ^Is in peace and union, and has had a re- 
vival. H. Lennon Pastor. 

Sim])Son)s CreeJc. — Uninteresting. Elder J. Rogers is 
Pastor. 

Macedonia., Cohimhus. — Is in exercise of better discipline, 
a growing faith and an addition of numbei-s. Elder Z. Bul- 
lock is the supply. 

Pleasant Grove. — Has nothing cheering to communicate. 
Elder D. B. Ayers is Pastor. 

Union. — Is in peace and love. Elder William Ayers is 
Pastor. 

Orange Street, Wilmington. — Has but a slight alteration 
in its condition. Elder A. Paul Repiton is Pastor. 

Shiloh. — Is in a cold state. 

Macedonia, S. C. — Is in peace and union. Elder Bullard 
is Pastor 

Bnclx Creel:. — Speaks of being in a low condition, but is 
hoping for a better state. Elder Wm. M. Mints is Pastor. 

Little River. — Has just been constituted. Elder Thos. G. 
Rogers is Pastor, 

Shady Grove. — Has just been constituted, and has had the 
labors of Elders Ishain Stone and James Cashw^ell the past 
year. 

Paft Swam]). — Has just been constituted. Elder Isham 
Stone is Pastor. <• 

Honey Camj). — Says a good work has been going ori. El- 
der Z, Bullock is Pastor. 



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Big Branch. — l^otliing of special interest. Elder F. Pre- 
rat is Pastor. 



EEPORT OF 

Bobert M. IfcBacJian, Treasurer of Domestic Misssion Board 
ill Cape Fear Baptist Aassociation. 



To Cash remaining on hand last year, $ 15 00 

" " from Committee of Finance, 461: 96 

Sabbath Collection, 44 68 
from Tr. of Association, 






COKTRA. 

By Cash paid Pro. G. ^Y. Hill, $133 00 

'^ " " P. C. Connelly, 243 QQ 

" " " Jas. CashwelL 150 00 



$ 



REPORT OF 

Treasurer of Cape Fear Association'. 
To Amt. sent np by Chnrches to A. F., $77 87 

CONTRA. 

By Amt. paid Printing Minutes, $83 00 

" " " Clerk, 20 00 

" " " Treas. Domestic Board, 77 87 



R. M. McRACIvxilT, Treasurer. 
ISTovember, 1854. 



IT 

DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

Feiday, Novemher 3, IS 54:, 

Appointed R, M. Sessoms, F. Prevatt, and R. S. Moore, a 
committee of finance. 

Elder IIaynes Lennox' elected President. 

PoBT. M. McPackan^ Clerk and Treasurer. 

A committee consisting of J. C. Powell, M. Meares, W. B. 
Bullard, G. W. Lennon, and D. A. Buie to select tlie intiner- 
ants for the ensning year. 

Brethren Conelly, G. W. Ilill, and Casliwell presented, 
their reports, v/hich were received and ordei-ed to be appended 
to the minutes. 

Jtesolved, That the Board feel gratified at the success of the Missionaries 
for the past j^ear. 

The Treasurer authorised to pay the Missionaries according 
to contract. 

Board adiourned. Praver bv Brother Bullard. 



Saturday, 4th. 
Board went into session. 

Committee on the Itineracy reported ; which was received 
and its appendage to the minutes ordered. 

jResnhed, That the compensation of our Missionaries be referred to th,e 
executive conimittcc, who sliall crniiloy missionaries at an amount not less 
than one dollar, and not exceeding one dollar and fift^' cents per day, which 
shall be paid at the discretion, and in accordance with the agreement en- 
tered into between the parties. 

'' Ordered, that the Treasurer of this Association report to 
the Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention, (.1. S. Purify, 
Forestville, X. C.,) the amount expended in Domestic Mis- 
sions. 

The executive committee of last year was appointed for 
this ; and all unfinished business was referred to them. 

Board adjourned to the time and place of the next meeting 
of the Association. 

IIAYXES LEXXOX, President. 

BoBT. M. McPackkan, Cleric. 



18 

BIBLE SOCIETY. 

Culled to order by President of last session — II. Lennon. 

Elected II. Lennon President, 11. M. McEackan, Secretary 
and Treasurer. 

Brother Dayton. Agent for Soiitliern Bible Board, presented 
Lis claims, and a collection \yas taken np amounting to $48.50. 

Eesoh-ed, That the sum for foreign distribution be paid to Brother Day- 
ton, ($48.50.) 

Brotliers Francis Lennon, and Tlozier, be a financial com- 
mittee who reported $61 60 in the hands of the agent. Brother 
Henjamin Freeman, who is authorised to pay over to the 
North Carolina Bible and Baptist Publication Society. 

Elders Ilaynes Lennon and Darius B. Ayres constituted 
life directors. 

Elder A. Paul Pepiton, and Brother F. Lennon, life mem- 
bers. 

Brother ^Freeman is authorised to deliver the Bibles to the 
poor. 

Peport of Financial Committee received. 

The Treasurer pay the amount. 



REPOPT OF THE BIBLE xiGENT. 

Peceived from the Board, $12 55 

" " Elder IL Lennon, 12 67 

" for books sold, 39 38 



Total in hands of the Agent, $64 60 

On hand 6 Bibles. 

BENJAMIN FPEEM AN, Agent. 
Lumberton, November 2, 1854. 



PEPOPT OF THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE OF 
THE BIBLE BOAPD. 

We find in the. hands of the former Agent, Brother Benja- 
min Freeman, $64 60 
Collected at this meeting, 5 40 



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J. A. pozh:p. 



F. LENNON, ^ Committee. 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS' NAMES AND POST OFFICE 

ADDRESS. 

Fair Bluff, Columbus 

Lumberton, Robeson 



Ayers, Wm. 
Ayers, D. B. 
Billiard, W. B. 
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Bennett, Joel 
Casliwell, James 
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Grays Creek, Cumberland 
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Hall, Averitt 
Honrine, J. T. 
Lennon, Geo. W. 



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Owenville, Bladen 



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Robeson's P. O., Brunswick 



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Noble, A. N., 
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Stone, Isham 
Smith, Thomas 
Ray, D. J. 



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Cerro Gordo, Columbus 
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MINUTES 



OF THE 



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FIFTY- FIEST SESSION 



OF THE 



HELD AT - 

BIG BRANCH GHUBGH, 

ROBESON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, 
October 25, 26, 27, 28, 1855. 




RALEIGH : 

PRINTED AT THK " BIBLICAL RECOEDER " OFFICE. 

•*• •- — 

1856. 



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MINUTES. 



Thursday, Oct., 25th 1855. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Elder J. H. 
Cobb preached a most appropriate introductory sermon from Phil- 
lippians, ii. 5. 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association was call- 
ed to order by the Moderator, the Divine direction was invoked by 
Elder Jesse Rogers, after reading and singing by the Moderator. 

A majority of Churches being represented the Association pro- 
ceeded to business. 

Appointed brethren A. Melvin, J. A. Rozier and F. Lennon a 
committee of finance. 

After the reading of letters, and recording the the names of del- 
egates, the officers were elected, viz : Haynes Lennon, Moderator . 
Robert M. McRacken, Clerk and Treasurer, and Benjamin Freeman 
Assistant Clerk. 

An opportunity was then extended to newly constituted chur- 
ches, when the^umberton church with its letters and delegates 
presented themselves, and were unanimously received. 

Brethren B. Freeman, Giles Williams, Moses Warrick, J. A. Ro- 
zier, and John Monroe, were appointed a committee to supply the 
stage. 

Brethren Bright Williams, K. Atkinson, M. Warwick, H. T. 
Pope, D. B. Gunn, were appointed a committee of vigilance. 

An invitation was extended to pastors and brethren to seats 
with us during the session of the Association. 

Adjourned to half past nine o'clock to-morrow morning. Prayer 
by Elder Wm. Ayers. 



iM 



Friday, 9 1-2 o'clock. 

The Association met according to arrangement. Prayer by 
Elder A. Paul Kepiton, after reading and singing by tbe Moderator. 

Brother James 0. Hale, from the Welsh Neck Association, was 
received after the invitation of yesterday was read. 

Appointed Elder A. Paul Kepiton, P. C. Connelly and Wm. 
Ayers, a committee to examine Ministers proposed for ordination. 

Elder A. Paul Repiton, and brethren B. Freeman, and J. A. 
Rozier, were appointed a committee to select subjects, and. appoint 
committees to write on them for the next Association. 

It was moved by Elder A. Paul Repiton, that the money appro- 
priated for a Scholarship in the Wake Forest College, be placed in 
the hands of the Moderator of the Association, for the benefit of 
the Association, and to be called the Scholarship of the Cape Fear 
Association. Motion prevailed. 

The next meeting of the Association to be held at the Cape 
Fear Church, Cumberland County, commencing on Thursday before 
the 4th Sabbath in October, 1856, at half past 10 o'clock, A. M. 
Elder Haynes Lennon to preach the introductory sermon, Elder A. 
Paul Repiton to preach at 12 o'clock on Sabbath, and Elder P. C. 
Connelly to preach on sanctification. 

Bro. John McLean, with a letter from the Pee Dee Association, 
presented himself, and was invited to a seat with us. 

The following preamble and resolutions were presented and 
unanimously adopted : 

Whereas, the prosperity and well-being of the Kingdom of 
Christ, depend upon a strict adherence to the Cachings of the 
New Testament, Therefore, 

1st. Beiolved, That the churches of Jesus Christ are composed 
of immersed believers, united in covenant to observe all the ordi- 
nances of the Gospel. 

2nd. Resolved, That these churches are equal in point of author- 
ity, independent of each other in government, but united in the 
observance of the general principles of the Holy Scriptures, 

3rd. Resolved, That these churches have been under the special 
guidance and protection of Heaven, kept separate and distinct from 
all human organizations from the days of our Saviour to the pres- 
ent time. 



4th. Resolved^ That these churches during the whole period of 
their warfare, have taken the Bible, the Bible only,'as their guide in 
both State and church. That they have ever, and ever will protest 
against legislation in the church. 

5th. Resolved^ That churches convened in representative coun- 
cils and associations, can do no more than what they have a divine 
right to do in their separate capacity. 

6th. Resolved^ That in their union there is strength, and to the 
enemy they will be as " terrible as an army with banners." 

7tb. Resolved, That every attempt by churches or conventions of 
churches, to classify their members, create diflperent departments in 
government, is an infringement on the internal rights of the chur- 
ches, a violation of the Gospel plan of government, and an effort 
to lord it over God's heritage; thereby setting aside the declaration 
of our Saviour ; " ye are all brethren." 

8th. Resolved, That we deprecate the error into which the 
churches have fallen, for the last half century, on the subject of 
Pulpit Communion. 

9th. Resolved, That we will carefully inquire for the " old paths 
and walk therein." 

Bro. Todd from the Iron Hill Cross Roads, was recognised as a 
member of this body. 

Reports were called foi-. 

Publication society reported. Report received, and its append- 
age to the minutes Ordered. 

Colportage report received, and its appendage to the minutes 
ordered. 

Temperance report received, and its appendage to the minutes 
ordered. 

Report on the Southern Baptist S. Convention was continued. 

Appointed brethren A. Melvin, J. A. Rozier and F. Lennon, a 
committee to audit the accounts between the Treasurer and the 
Association. 

The Clerk to be allowed twenty dollars for his services. 

Report on Ministerial Education was received, and its appendage 
to the minutes ordered. 

The Association ntade way for the Domestic Mission Board, 
which, after the transaction of its business, adjourned. 



6 

ASSOCIATION IN SESSION. 

Ordered, that 2000 copies of the miuutes be printed. 

The committee to audit the Treasurers account, reported 
^19,13 due the Treasurer. 

John Monroe, J. Thompson, W. B. Bullard, E. Wishart, and E. 
D. Johnson, a committee to select corresponding Messengers, and 
to write letters to other Associations. 

Report on Bible Society received, and its appendage to the min- 
utes ordered. 

The following churclies and individuals contributed the amounts 
annexed, viz: 

Spring Branch, Porter Swamp, Pleasant Hill and Ash pole, |20. 
Antioch, Cross Roads, Western Prong and Hickory Grove, $25. 
Concord |3. A. P. Repiton $1 ; P. C. Connelly $1. 

Adjourned to half past 9 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

Prayer by Elder Z. Bullock. 



Saturday Morning, 9 1-2 o'clock. 

Met according to adjournment. After reading and singing by 
the Moderator, prayer was offered up by Elder P. C. Connelly. 

Visiting brethren were invited to take seats with us and partici- 
pate in our deliberations. 

Elder L. C. Perkinson, agent for the Oxford Female College, pre- 
sented himself, and was received. 

Report on Foreign Missions received, and its appendage to the 
minutes ordered. 

Report on Sabbath schools received, and its appendage to the 
minutes ordered. 

Report on Baptist State Convention received, and its appendage 
to the minutes ordered. 

The committee te select corresponding Messengers, and to write 
letters to Sister Associations, reported : 

Elder Haynes Lennou is appointed to write»a corresponding letter- 
to the Welsh Neck Association. 



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Elder P. C. Connelly is appointed to write a letter of correspond- 
ence to the Pee Dee Association, 

Elder A. Pan- Repiton to write a letter of correspondence to the 
Union Association. 

The committe of finance reported $74,25, received. 

Elder Wm. L. Wallace, from the Welsh Neck Association, was 
invited to a seat with us. 

Ordered, that the money collected on Sabbath, as well as any 
balance of the minute fund, be appropriated to the use of the Do- 
mestic Mission Board. 

The present destitute condition of the churches was referred to 
the Domestic Mission Board. 

Query : What steps should be taken with individuals who hare 
been dismissed at the dissolution of the church, and refuse after- 
wards to connect themselves with churches of like faith and order. 

Answer. — It is our opinion that such persons are in a state of 
disorder — that such disorder annuls their letter, and thereby dis- 
solves their connection with the Baptist Churcsh. 

Besolved, That in the judgment of this Association, there is no 
p©wer which can be exercised over such individuals, but it regards 
them as Hymenius and Alexander, and others of whom the Apos- 
tle speaks, who went out from us because they were not of us, and 
as such recommend that all fellowship be, and is hereby dissolved 
with all such persons, until they make satisfactory reparation for 
all the injury inflicted upon the Church of Christ by them. 

Elder James, the Editor of the Biblical Recorder was invited t® 
a seat with us. At which time, the claims of the Recorder upon 
us, as a denomination, were forcibly set forth. 

Resolved, That this Association recommend the more free cir- 
culation of the Biblical Recorder among the churches within our 
bounds, and that our brethren be requested to subscribe and pay 
for said paper, as the organ of defence of the principles and tenets, 
of the Baptist church, the Kingdom of Christ which he came to 
set up in this world. 

Bro. Connelly's report upon the ordination of Ministers received, 
and its appendage to the minutes ordered. 

Elder Perkinson addressed the body upon the subject of the Ox- 
ford Female College. 



Resolved, That this Association will not consider it'^elf as ad- 
journed, until after the services of Sabbath, which shall be consid- 
ered as part and parcel of the same, and that we close similarlj 
with last session. 

Resolved^ That the thanks of this body are due, and are herebj 
tendered to the brethren, sisters and friends of this vicinity, for the 
very kind and hospitable entertainment which we have received 
during the present session. 

Delegates to Baptist State Convention, viz : Eiders A Paul Rep- 
iton, W. Ayres, D. B, Ayres, G. W. Hill, G. W. Lennon, P. C. Con- 
nelly, F. Prevatt, "W. B. Ballard ; and brethren B. Freeman, John G. 
Powell, Alva Smith, H. T. Pope, R. M. McRackan, James A. Rozier, 
Arthur Melvin, F. Lennon, John B. Thompson, E. D. Johnson. 

Treasurer report — amount for domestic missions to Treasurer of 

B. S. Convention. 

Resolved, That this Association highly approve of the more ex- 
tensive circulation of Baptist publications, and recommend the N. 

C. Baptist Publication Society, as an institution, well calculated to 
promote their principles and doctrines. 

The unfinished business of the Association was referred to H. 
Lennon, B. Freeman, F. Lennon, G. Warwich, A. F. Powell, R. 
Wooten, and R. M. McRackan. 

The Association adjourned until to-morrow, Sabbath, 10 1-2 
o'clock. 



Sabbath. 

Elder A. Paul Repiton addressed a large congregation from 
Titus, iii. 5, 6. "Not by works of righteousness which we have 
done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of 
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Which he shed on 
us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." 

Elder J. J. James followed with a discourse from Philippians, 
ii. 5. 

After a short intermission. Elder H. Lennon discoursed to us 
from Amos, iv. 12. "Prepare to meet they God." 

The congregation was dismissed by singing the hymn, 

"Blest be the tie that binds," 
and by giving the parting hand. 

HAYNES LENNON, Moderator. 
RoBT. M. McRackan, Clerk. 



PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 



Friday, 12 o'clock, M. 

The Board went into session on Friday 12 o'clock noon. 

Breth. Freeman, Rozier and Guy, were appointed a committee of 
Finance. 

The folio vfing were elected officers : Elder H. Lennon, President; 
and Robt. M. McRackan Clerk and Treasurer; Benjamin Freeman 
Assistant Clerk. 

Breth. Connelly, Prevatt and Bullarf], reported as Missionaries ; 
their reports received and ordered to be appended to the minutes. 

Agreed that the Missionary operations be continued the ensuing 
year. 

Brethren Benjamin Freeman, Francis Lennon, J. A. Rozier and 
Eli Wishart, be a committee to secure the services of Itinerants. 

Agreed that bro. D. B. Ayers be allowed a compensation for his 
services, during bro; Bullard's sickness. 

The Board adjourned until to-morrow 12 o'clock. 



Saturday, 12 o'clock. 

The Board in session. 

Brother B. Freeman reported : which report was left with the 
Board to arrange. 

The committee of Finance reported $524 26-100 received. 

Tbe following were appointed a committee to arrange the un- 
finished business, viz : Elder Haynes Lennon, Benjamin Freeman 



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Francis Lennon, George Warwick, A. F. Powell, Richard Wooten 
and Robt. M, McRackan, to meet in Lumberton, on Friday before 
the 4th Sabbath in November, 1855. 

The executive committee met at Lumberton at the time ap- 
pointed, the 23rd Nov., when they proceeded to the execution of 
the unfinished business. 

It was agreed that Elder P. C. Connelly be appointed a missiona- 
ry to visit the destitute churches, and hold protracted meetings ; 
for which the Board will make the usual allowance ; any meetings 
held with churches having Pastors will be considered as gratuitous, 
and consequently the Board will not be responsible, as their object 
is to supply those that are unable to sustain themselves. We 
would commend to his especial care the church at Lumberton. 

We solicit Eider A. Paul Repiton's attention, monthly, to the 
church being established at Whiteville. 

It was agreed that Elder Haynes Lennon be allowed to use his 
discretion in visiting churches, for which service the usual allow- 
ance will be made him. 

Elder D. B. Ayers is appointed a missionary, in connection with 
the colportage, to visit all the churches within the bounds of the 
Association as often as possible, to be paid the usual price. 

Elder W. B. BuUard presented the following amounts : from 

Springfield $5 to the Board, and $1 to the minute fund. 
Buck Creek $5 to the Board, and $1 do. 

Big Branch $5 to the Board, (additional.) 
Back Swamp |3 to the Board, do. 

Appointed H, Lennon to audit the Treasurer's account. 

Agreed to meet at the Lennon Cross Roads on Saturday before 
the 3d Sabbath in May, at 10 o'clock, A. M., at which time we ur- 
gently request, and recommend that each church in the association 
send one delegate, to take intq consideration the establishing of an 
associational school in as central a position as possible. 

The executive committee have recommended bro. E. D. Johnson 
to go to school, and endeavour to prepare himself for the ministry^ 
and that the brethren would send up with their letters an educa- 
tional fund. 

HAYNES LENNON, President. 

Robt. M. McRackan, Clesk# 



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IPPEIDII. 



SUBJECTS TO WRITE ON. 

The committee appointed to select subjects, and designate indi- 
viduals to write thereon, submit the following report, viz : 

On Ministerial Education — R. M. McRackan and G. W.Lennon. 

Foreign Missions — D. B. Ayers and Jacob Thompson. 

Bible Societies — Wm. Ayers and J. H. Razier. 

Sabbath Schools — J. B, Barlow and J. H. Cobb, 

Publication Societies — P. C. Connelly and F. Prevatt. 

Colportage — Eli Wishart and S. B. Rozier. 

Bap. State Convention — G. W. Hill and E. Da\as. 

Temperance — A. Paul Repiton. 

Wake Forest College — H. Lennon and B. Freeman. 

A. PAUL REPITON, Chairman. 



SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Dear Brethren : Your committee on Sabbath Schools respect- 
fully submit the following report : 

W^ith such facilities as we have at the present time, every neigh- 
borhood may with ease establish a Sabbath school, and furnish it- 
self with a pure religious literature, to refresh, cultivate and glad- 
den the hearts of the rising generation. 

We know there has been some Sabbath schools commenced, 
and, for a short time, appeared to flourish, and then went down, 
apparently from some unknown cause ; which cause is now dis- 
cernible, and might be easily remedied. It is the coldness on the 
part of parents, and their non attention to the schools. It is 



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almost an universal thing for the child to be concerned in what- 
ever engages the attenlion of the parent; which is an obvious de- 
monstration to us, that the failure in this most important matter 
is attributable to us, their parents. 

JAMES A. KOZIER, Chairman. 



FOREIGN MISSIONS. 
Dear Brethren : This subject on which we were appointed to 
write, is one of deep and thrilling interest, in connection with the 
spread and increase of the kingdom of Christ in the world. In 
the term Foreign missions, is embraced a vast extent of territory 
and millions of inhabitants. This vast field must be occupied, and 
these millions must be taught the way of life and salvation. But 
how shall they hear without a preacher? and how can they 
preach except they be sent ? And who shall send the truth as it 
is in Christ to the 300,000,000 of China, and the 90,000,000 of 
Africa, to say nothing of oth^r vast and destitute fields, where the 
true God and Saviour of the world are not known ? The heathen 
themselves will do nothing, at first, in this great work, because 
they are satisfied with their woiship, and their idol gods. The 
work then of evangelization must begin in a land, and among a 
people, who have been enlightened, evangelized and christianized. 
These are to be found, in a very great degree, in these United States 
of America; we form a part of this great andgr and confederacy ; and, 
upon us, devolves, to a very great extent, th:; duty of performing 
this work. But who will go in person from among us to proclaim 
salvation to these benighted ones ? Perhaps from the bounds of 
this association not one will be found who would say, "Here am I, 
send me." How then shall we discharge our dutj in this particu- 
lar ? By aiding with our contributions and prayers those who are 
willing to go, and those who have already gone, and are sowing 
the seeds of righteousness in order to a rich harvest, yet to be 
gattiered in the field of Foieign Missionary enterprise. There was 
a thrilling incident related by a beloved brother, a short time since, 



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in connection witli the 90,000,000 of Africa. Our brother Bovven 
who is stationed at Igaye, heard of an immense city some miles 
above him, and determined to visit it. He was told if he did, they 
would kill hira. This moved not his purpose. He went, and as he 
approached the walls of the city, larger than the city of London, he 
was seized, carried within the walls, and confined in prison. After 
a few days he was brought before the king, and interrogated as t© 
the object of his visit there. This he explained, and taking out 
his Arabic Bible, a Bible translated into the book language of that 
country, he began to read from that book, and explain still further 
the object of his mission. Again, was he put in prison, and again 
brought before the king who had a further conference with him 
about the object of his visit. The king said to him, but if your 
system of religion shall prevail, it will destroy our entire system of 
religion. Yes, said bro. Bowen, such is the design, and such will 
be the tendency of the truth, and the extension of the kin^idom of 
Christ. After further conversation, the king ordered him to be re- 
leased, and gave him the privilege of traveising that great city of 
many thousand souls, and preaching unmolested, Christ and his 
religion. On his departure the king presented him with a fine 
hofse and handsome presents for his wife — pointed out a location 
for a school and bouse of worship, and promised his assi?tance. — 
Here was the hand of God saying to his servants : "The field is 
white already to the harvest," and thus calling upon the Southern 
people who sent bro. Bowen out, and saying, possess and "occupy 
till I come." There are also cheering accounts from China. Our 
missionaries represent the inhabitants of Shanghai, as beginning to 
be extensively enquiring on this subject, and say, that apparently, 
the good work will take, and no doubt spread over that immense 
field like a prairie on fire. 

It would consume too much of your time to extend this report, 
as it might be, on this deeply interesting and important depart- 
ment of Christian enterprise. May God speed on the good work. 
bless the labors of our missionaries in the Foreign field ; greatly in- 
ci'ease their number, and hasten on the day, when the heathen 



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shall be given "to his son for his inheritance, and the uttermost part 
of the earth for his possession." 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

A. PAUL REPITON, Chairman. 



EXAMINATION OF CANDIDATES. 
Dear Brethren : We the committee on the examination of can- 
didates for the christian ministry, report as follows : Having listen- 
ed with interest to a relation of the Christian experience and call 
to the ministry of brethren Johnson and Sessoms, recommend them 
to ordination, on condition that they study as far as possible "to 
show themselves approved unto God, and workmen that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of tr th." 
Respectfully submittt, , 

P. C. CONNEL , hairman. 



BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. 
Your committee would most respectfully state, that this institu. 
ticn was founded in 1830, at Greenville, for the following benevo- 
lent purposes, viz : The education of young men called of God to 
the ministry, whose literal y opportunities had been circumscribed ; 
the supplying the destitute of our own beloved State with the word 
of life ; and the sending the glorious gospel of Christ to the Hea- 
then. For several years this noble enterprise succeeded well, it 
then seemed to droop for awhile, but at length put forth renewed 
energy and now may be said to be doing a great and good work. 
The Wake Forest College co-operating with it, our beneficiaries are 
sustained and sent forth to gladden the hearts of the perishing at 
home, while the foreign field is supplied through the Southern 
Baptist Convention. Notwithstanding it is doing much, yet, i^, 
might quite easily quadruple its efforts in every department, and 
send out an energetic ministry to the world, that would tell of the 
power of religion. 



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Brethren, proper tillage of the earth, under the blessing of 
Heaven, will always produce an abundant harvest ; so will the cul- 
tivation of our beloved institutions. The means we have, and all 
that is necessary, is, the application of these means. Then as an 
Association, and as individuals, what are you willing to do ? We 
have now one beneficiary at school preparing for the ministry, to 
neglect him would be ingratitude. 

HAYNES LENNON, Chairman. 



BIBLE SOCIETIES. 

Dear Brethren : According to appointment, we submit the fol- 
lowing report : 

It is not necessary for us to vindicate the truthfulness of Scrip- 
ture, but to say something in relation to the various efforts that 
have been made, and are now being made, to spread the word of 
life throughout the world. This good work has not been the 
invention of man, in these latter days, as sonae have been pleased 
to call it, but it is a subject that claimed the attention of the Apos- 
tles, otherwise, they would not have written gospels and epistles, and 
carried them from country to country, attended with great expense, 
and perils by land and sea. But owing to the fact, that, the word 
had to be written at this time with pen and ink, its spread was of 
necessity slow ; but since the invention of printing, the good work 
has been greatly advanced, societies have been formed both in 
England and America, and notwithstanding this good work has 
met the greatest opposition, yet it has prospered, and the everlast- 
ing gospel is doing its work of bringing light and comfort to many 
destitute families. But the word cannot be published and gratuit- 
ously circulated without means fi-om some source ; it is now, as it 
was in the day's of Peter de Bruy's, who was engaged in transla- 
ting and publishing the New Testament for gratuitous circulation, 
at the expense of Luther Tindel and others. The demand is as 
great now as then. The Southern Bible Society has peculiar claims 
on us as our own institution. There are many destitute families in 
our midst who are incapable of purchasing. Can nothing be done 



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for them ? Shall we depend upon others to do if for us, or let them 
perish, or will we place in every family a Bible i 

D. B. AYERS, Chairman. ^ 



MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Dem- Brethren : It certainly is of importance that ministers 
should be educated ; but we think it is a subject which may be 
viewed in different ways. 

If ministers are not too far advanced in life, and have the oppor- 
tunity, they ought to obtain a thorough education. But when 
this is not practicable, they certainly should make the best use of 
the means ■v^ithin their reach, to improve their minds. Wonders 
have been accomplished in many instances, by close and persever- 
ing study, upon the part of those determined to improve their 
minds. It is a very easy thing for ong to persuade himself, that he 
is too poor, or too weak intellectually, to improve his mind. Gen- 
erally speaking, impressions of that kind are erroneous ; though 
the circumstances in which our ministers are placed, in many in- 
stances, are of an embarrassing nature, yet, if every opportunity 
with which they are favored were made good use of, they would 
sdon tell upon their intelligence. It is of importance that the heart 
should be cultivated as well as the mind ; ministers should be epis- 
tles known and read of all men, 2. Cor. iii. 2. They will prove a 
savour of life unto life, or of death unto death, among those with 
whom they associate, 2 Cor, ii. 16. We should lead a quiet and 
peaceable life in all Godliness and honesty, 1 Tim. ii. 2. That man 
certainly has no grace, or a very meager share of it, who flies into 
a passion at every little insult that may be offered, or imaginary 
injury he may receive. Such conduct is blameable in any profess- 
or, more particularly in a professed minister of our Lord and Sa- 
viour Jesus Christ. With propriety it may be said to all such, 
" Physician heal thyself." While we should observe the command 
of God's word, in giving ourselves to reading, that we may be 
workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, we particularly should 



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attend to tlie study of the Holy Scriptures. Frequently there are 
difficulties in the way of the improvement of our ministers. There 
are some who regard themselvej as persons of considerable knowl- 
edge, and in their ignorance, suppose their views of matters in gen- 
eral are of great imp .)rtance ; if one should presume to correct 
their mistakes, such an act of kindness is received as an insult. 
Another difficulty in the way is this : fc-ome of our well meaning, 
but ignorant and mistaken brethren, tell our ministers they know 
enough, and unfortunately there are some who believe it; conse- 
quently, that exertion which is necessary for the acquirement of 
information is not made. Many of our ministers who have passed 
the time of successfully applying their minds to useful studies, 
know by sad experience the woful eflfects such expressions have had 
upon them. Upon the part of some of our ministers there seems 
to be a disposition to make capital out of their ignorance, and this 
disposition has its influence upon others. An impression is made 
that there is sympathy for ignorance, and as we naturally love ease, 
we are inclined to slacken our pursuit after knowledge, and thus 
man}' are injured. There is no necessity in a minister's telling his 
congregation that he is ignorant, inasmuch as this will be found 
out before he is done preaching. But this kind of spirit is shown 
in such remarks, "You may look out for me to preach much bet- 
ter than could be expected under such circumstances." As strange 
as it may appear, there are some of our brethren who are preju- 
diced against an educated ministry. If they go to hear such a 
preacher, they apprehend that he preaches more from his head than 
his heart, consequently such a man is not as much benefitted as he 
otherwise would be, if his views were correct with respect to the 
ministry. But the misfortune does not stop here. He influences 
others to think as he does, and it would be well if some of our 
ministers were not found entertaining the same incorrect notions. 

The use of an education is, to draw out the powers of the mind 
to discipline it, and to have the control over it in its applictition to 
useful studies. If such be the view the mere worldly man has of 
an education, how much more should the minister of our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ value it, whose business it is to proclaim the 
gospel of the ever blessed God, to a lost and ruined world. 

2 P. C. CONNELLY, Chairman. 



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COLPORTAGE. 

Your committee would respectfully^state that the system of col; 
portage is the only effective means of distributing the Publications 
of Publishing Boards. 

The present rapid advances of education, the unnumbered irreli- 
gious works thrown upon society, the errors propagated by the 
press, and taught from the sacred desk, demand uncompromising 
vigilance in supplying every family in our land with the word of 
life, and such other books as will direct them to the only reliable 
source for truth. 

The influence of the system is seen and felt in helping to check 
the reading of trashy and dangerous literature. Families have 
been seen by our colporteurs, who never had a religious visit before; 
and people who have been clogs to society are now good and use- 
ful citizens. Allow us to say, that, in carrying out the above sug- 
gestions, the religion of the Bible will be vindicated, while tradi- 
tional erroi's will be exposed and cori'ected. 
Respectfully submitted, 

FRANCIS LENNON, Chairman. 

Bro. Wm. Ayers submitted to the committee a verbal report of 
thirty days service, for which they agreed to allow him $30. 

TEMPERANCE. 

The committee report, that they find it difficult to say anything 
that has not already been said upon the subject. Temperance soci- 
eties have been organized to meet the monster Intemperance, and 
while they are free to admit that these institutions have done, and 
are still doing much good, yet, they think that the church should 
adopt some method by which it could more successfully be met. 

That the Gospel is the source from whence springs all good, none 
will deny ; and inasmuch as that is so, it does appear that we, above 
every other denomination, should be the foremost in every enter- 
prise, having the melioration of the condition of mankind for its 
object. We are a peculiar people ; we claim, we profess to be, and 
are, as we honestly believe, what the primitive christians were ; 
we say that no one can be admitted to membership in the Baptist 
church, but such as can give satisfactory evidence of a change of 



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heart, and consequently of new desires. The intelligent portion of 
our fellow-men know the position we occupy, and they expect, and 
rationally too, that we should be found in the van in whatever con- 
duces to the happiness of mankind. It is expected that a Baptist 
should be ready at all times for any good, because his profession 
implies that he is a christian, and Christianity implies benevolence, 
and benevolence sets the possessor in pursuit of whatever tends to 
happiness here and hereafter. It teaches him to forego whatever he 
may practice prudentially, if the same practice in another tends to 
his injury, thinking perchance he might possibly have some influ- 
ence. 

Such, according to the opinion of the committee, is the nature 
of love or Christianity, and such are i's results. For us to do any- 
thing, or tolerate anything that does not comport with the strictest 
rules of the gospel knowingly, is to contradict ourselves in the 
p'ainest terms, render us ridiculous in the sight of men, and hate- 
ful to God himself. 

Selfishness is antagonistic to the Gospel ; and we find this mon- 
strous evil developing itself in either interest or appetite, or both. 
To present this matter before you in this light is the object of the 
committee ; to induce ois to bethink ourselves in a matter of so 
much moment, to be wary ; to try the spirits, to probe the motives 
and see whether they be of God ; and we feel satisfied that where a 
scrutiny is had as under the all-seeing eye of Heaven, we will in- 
dignantly frown upon the use of anything that hinders a vitality in 
pure religion. We are told that we are a city set on a hill, and we 
are commanded to let our light shine that others seeing our good 
works may glorify God. 

Do I do it ? in this matter especially, is a question proper for ue, 
and let us answer lo God now, as we shall have to do ere long 
What was the design of the A.lmighty in our creation ? The com. 
mittee cannot better answer the question, than by adopting the in- 
imitable language of Harris. " By creating, at first, one common 
father of the species, he designed that each individual should feel 
himself allied to all the rest, and pledged to promote their happi- 
ness. And by rendering us necessary to each other's welfare, he 
sought to train us to an humble imitation of his own goodness, to 



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teach ns the divine art of benevolence — to find and fabricate our 

own happiness from the happiness of others." The committee feel 

that were this heavenly principle in proper operation, we would rise 

in mass and forever drive from our fraternity tliis evil, the great 

enemy of God and man. 

WM. FRINK, Chairman. 



PUBLICATION SOCIETIES. 
Of the many improvements of the day perliaps there are none 
which have made more rapid advances than that of the press and 
of the many blessings that we enjoy none are better calculated to 
promote our happiness in a moral, religious and social point of 
view. For the truth of this ascertion, Ave have only to contrast our 
own happy condition with countries not possessed with the advan- 
tages that we have, yea, we have only to take a retrospect of our 
own country some half century back, and compare the opportuni- 
ties of our people then with the present, and we find the contrast 
very great. Among the incalculable blessings the press has been 
to the religious world is the dissemination of the "Word of Life," 
religious books, tracts, &c., not only in our own country, but in 
heathen lands, and who but he, that can tell the value of an im- 
mortal soul can tell what good has been effected through the vari- 
ous means that have been set on foot for the diffusion of lio-ht 
throughout the whole world so far as the means could reach. But 
while much has been done, we as a distinct body (especially in the 
South,) have not been as much alive to our interest as we should 
have been. While other denominations have been busily engaged 
in publishing their respective denominational works and having 
them circulated every where, yea, even amongst the Baptist, we 
have lain either in apparent apathy or total neglect of a matter 
that should have engaged our serious and devoted attention. And 
why, we ask, has this state of things existed ? W^e answer mainly 
because the Bnptist felt so secure believing as they did and still 
must believe that they had the Bible as their rule of life and that 
that was sufficient for all purposes. We are free tj admit that 
the Bible is and ever has been sufficient to show men their duty 
to their Creator, to themselves and to one another, but still there 



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are a great many religious works that are well calculated to 
awaken sinners, comfort mourners, and to build up the Believers 
in the most holy faith. And we are happy to have it to say that 
we do not have to go to other denominations for religious works. 
We now have them written by Baptists, printed at Baptist offices, 
anil we have the men and means to have them circulated. It 
should give us tlie most heart-felt gratification that here in our 
own beloved North Carolina, has sprung up a "Publication Socie- 
ty," and that we do not now as hei'etofore have to send to New 
York or Philadelphia for a tract or book, but that we can have 
our Sunday school libraries or any other denominational books or- 
deretl and quickly forwarded to the remotest part of our associa- 
tion or any part of the State. In view of this great enterprise we 
cannot too strongly impress on the mind fof every Baptist the 
importance of sustaining this institution. We do not ask you to 
advance money now to do this, what we mean is to keep it up by 
your patronage. We have only to purchase the books which we 
and our children need to push the work ahead and cause it to ex- 
pand and become mure and more useful. It -hould make the 
heart of every Baptist in N. C. feel thankful that sucli an institu- 
tion has been reared in our midst, and shall we be neglectful 
of a matter of such vital importance ? We hope not, we hope the 
day is not far dista t when we shall see our own denominational 
works in the h^use of every Baptist or association, but throughout 
the len;^th and breadth of our happy country. 

The effect of reading our own works are obvious on other de- 
nominations, why is it that so many never depart from the way 
they have been educated ? It is because certam religious preju- 
dices liave been instiled into their minds from their earliest youth 
and they perhaps have not been allowed even to investigate other 
sentiments, and while this sta'^e of things exists among others shall 
we sa3 that we have no need of any exertion on our, part? Let it 
not once be said, but let us show by a practical demonstra- 
tion that we are determined to support the cause by purchasing 
such works as not only favor our religious views, but that fully 
comport with the sacred scriptures. 

We regret that we do not have before ua a catalogue o: the 



22 

books kept by the N, C, Publication Society, we can only refer 
you to such as we now recollect, to-wit : The Church Member's 
Guide, The Almost Christian, Benedict's History of the Baptist, 
Orchard's Church History, Boothe's Vindication of the Baptist, 
Howell on Communion, The Evils of Infant Baptism, Fuller on 
Baptism and Communion, The World's only Hope, Christian 
Progress, Jewett on Baptism, The Ancient Land Marks Re- 
sett, The Great Iron Wheel, Remington's Reasons. 

You may ask why urge so strongly the purchase and reading of 
these books ? Many strong and conclusive reasons might be ad- 
duced, and among the most prominent is that we should "know 
ourselves." If a Baptist is asked the question, "how do you know- 
that your origin is immediately from Christ and the Apostles ? how 
can he give a correct answer if he knows nothing of their history ? 
If he is asked why the Baptists do not commune with other de- 
nominations ? In many instances they would not be prepared to 
give a correct answer, and why ? Because they have not carefully 
examined works that have a direct bearing on this subject and per- 
haps there is no one subject that has caused so much controversy 
and has staggered so many weak and pliable brethren as this one 
thing of what others are pleased to call "close communion." 

By a perusal of a history of the Baptists, we not only find our 
succession to be from Christ and the Apostles, but we find that it 
has ever been a leading feature in their principles to establish a 
I'epublican form of Government where ever they have gained a 
footing. But as we did not intend to go into an elaborate argu- 
ment to strengthen our position, we shall only again urge on you 
a perusal of the works above referred to. These works can be had 
of Messrs. Heartt and Jones, Raleigh, by remitting the cash or 
sending a responsible name for the amount ordered or by ajDplying 
to Elder D. B. Ayres, Colporteur, you cannot only obtain these but 
may other valuable works, and by making purchases from him 
you not only serve the Society, but at the same time you are as- 
sisting a deserving and worthy brother. 

Respectfully submitted, 

B. FREEMAN. 



23 

REPORTS OF MISSIOX^MIIES. 

ELDER "W. B. BULLARd's REPORT, 

To the Brethren of the Domestic Mission Board of the Cape Fear 

Association. 

Dear Brethren : Oa the first day of June last, I commenced my 
services for the Board in the field you assigned me, and continued 
them until September the 18th, when I was compelled to abandon 
my labors, in consequence of a very sudden and severe attack of 
bilHous fever. The length of time I have been traveling for the 
Board is 99 days, and preached 91 sermons. My congregations 
have been as full as could be reasonably expected. We have had 
some very cheering meetings, and have met with kindness and hos- 
pitality wherever duty called. Received for the Board $10,70. 

In conclusion, dear brethren, I return you my hearty thanks for 
the confidence you have reposed in me as one of your Missionaries, 
and to the brethren and friends wherever my lot has been cast, for 
their christian attentions. May the blessings t)f the most High 
rest upon us all, is my prayer for Christ's sake. 

ELDER F. PREVATt's REPORT. 

Dear Brethren : On the 13th day of November last, I commen- 
ced my services for the Board, and continued them until the 22nd 
October. The amount of service I have charged to the Board is 
196 days. My ferriage has been $3,75. At the churches and sta- 
tions assigned me, I have had the pleasure, generally speaking, of 
addressing large congregations, apparently anxious to hear the 
preached word. Through the months of July, August and Sep- 
tember, our meetings were much more interesting than the prece- 
ding ones. The courtesy everywhere extended to me, has made 
my field an extremely pleasant one. 1 would take the liberty of 
informing you, that there are a few feeble churches constituted at 
needful points, vhich churches, I would commend to your fostering 
care. Just now it would not only be helping the weak, but be 
doing good service to the cause of our Heavenly Father. 

In order to advance the interests of the Board, I here give you 
the n'ames of five brethren that have given the sum of thirty dol- 
lars each, viz : Brethren Arthur Melvin, John N. McCall, John B. 
Thompson, Robert M. McRackan and Furney Prevatt, constituting 
each a life member of the Board. I have received 85 for the Board, 
baptized 64 persons, travelled 196 days, and preached as many 
sermons. 

May the blessing of Almighty God rest upon the friends and 
brethren wherever I have been, for the manifold kindness shown 
me, is ray prayer for Christ's sake. 



24 



ELDER P. c. Connelly's report. 



Dear Brethren : It is with pleasure I give you an account of 
the service I have rendered as a Missionary since our last Associa- 
tion. During the former part of the year, my labors were, seem- 
ingly, almost useless. But the Lord after so long a time, in mercy, 
to our help appeared. Upon many of our churches his Holy Spi- 
rit has been abundantly poured out. The desert has blossomed as the 
rost^, and the soluary places have been made glad. Many poor dying 
sinners have turned from ruin's brink, and from the service of sin and 
satan, to the true and living God. Nearly seventy have joined the 
meetings I have attended, the most of whom it has been my priv- 
ilege to baptize. I have rendered 183 days service, including rest 
days. Received |33. 

Brother Henry Bullock gave me _ _ - 

From a brother at New Britain, 

R'-ctived from Beulah church, - . - 

Rt ceived from Mt. Elam church, . - - 

Received from .a friend, .... 

Received from Western Prong, .... 

ELDER D. B. AYERS REPORT. 

I have traveled with Bro. P. C. Connelly, seventeen days. 



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REPORT OF DOiMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

The Comraittee of Finance of the Domestic Mission Board re- 
port as fc illows : 

Orange St. Bap. church, . - _ 

Ashp lie, 

Antioch, . - . . _ 

Big Branch, - -. - . 

Mt. Eliam, . - . . . 

Back Swamp, . . . . 

Saddle Tree, . _ - . 

Providence, - . . _ 

Raft Swamp, . - - - 

Pleasant Grove, ... 

Beaver Dam, Bladen, ... 

Cross Roads, 

Macedonia, Bladen, - - - - 

Mt. Tabor, .... 

Simon Sasser, - - 



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Pleasant Plains, - - . 

Porter Swamp, 

Pleasant Hill, . - _ 

Mt. Sinai, - - - 

While Marsh, . - - 

WfSteru Prong, 

Biier Branch, . _ _ 

Hickory Grove, 

Sliiloh, - - - - 

While Lake, 

Sliady Grove, 

Bt^tliel, - - - ■ 

Chi-erful Hope, . - - 

Mill Creek, 

New Britain, ... 

Shallotte, . - - . 

Union, . - - . 

Friendship, . - . , 

Cape Fear, . . . 

Cedar Creek, - - - . 

Concort], - - . 

Pi ney Grove, - - - . 

Rock Fish, 

Bi^ar Swamp, 

Honey Camp, . . . 

Macedonia, S. C, - 

Spring Branch, - - . 

Lumberton, - - - . 

Ji)hn Todd, ... 

John H. Stanaland, 

John Meares, - . _ 

H. Wilkmson, 

LIFE MEMBERS. 
Arthur Melvin, . - . 

John B. Thompson, 
John N. McCall, - - . 

Robert McRackan, 

Furney Prevatt, - . - 

W. Ayers, - - . 



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A DIGEST 
Of the state of Religion in the Association as indicated by tJie 

Church Letters : 

Antioch — Has been well supplied with preaching ; and is mak- 
ing coniinual progress in discipline and piety. — Elder Haynes Len- 
NON is Pastor. 

Ashpole — Has had an addition of seventeen by baptism. — Elder 
Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 

Hock Swamp — Says the Lord has graciously poured out his 
Holy Spirit upon them, and revealed his work of grace. — Elder P. 
C. Connelly is Pastor. 

£eiir Swamp — Has lost several of her most pious members by 
death ; yet, they mourn not as those who have nu hope. They 
have had several accessions to the church. — Elder Jesse Rogers 
is Pa-^tor. 

Beaver Dam, Bladen — Has had a gracious revival of religion — 
when many were made to inquire the way to Zion, and a goodly 
number added by baptism. —Elder Furney Prevatt is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, Columbus — Communicates nothing of importance, 
other than the abounding of peace and love. — Elder A. M. Noble 
is Pa-itor. 

Bifi Branch — Has nothing of special interest. — Elder Z. Bul- 
lock is Pastor. 

Brier Branch — Is in peace and love. — Elder James Cashwell 
is Pastor. 

Bethel — Is in a state of coldness. — Elder Wm, Ayers is Pastor. 

Cross Roads. — Is looking forward to a plentiful harvest. — Elder 
Haynes Lennon is Pastor. 

Concord — Feels that they have abundant reasons to be thank- 
ful, in that they have felt their inward strength renewed. — Elder 
Reuben Fisher is Pnstor. 

Cheerful Hajye — Is in good order, and has had some additions. 
— Elder George W. Lennon is Pastor. 

Cape Fear — Is in peace. — Elder Hugh McAlpin is Pastor. 

Cedar Creek — Has had an outpouring of the spirit of all grace 
for two successive years. — Elder Furney Prevatt is Pastor. 

Friendship — Is in peace, but speaks of being in a netdy, weak 
condition. — Elder Joel Bennett is Pastor. 

Hickory Grove — Is in a prosperous condition, having had s ve- 
ra! ad<l(^d to the church. — Elder Haynes Lennon is Pastor. 

Mucedouia, Colurnhus — Has had a goodly number added t" th© 
church, and an improvement in discipline. — Elder Z. Bullock is 
Pastor. 

Macedonia, S. C. — Has had additions to her number. — Elder Z. 
Bullock is Pastor. 



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Ml Eliam — Is in peace and harmony. — Elder Isham Stone is 
Pastor. 

Mt. Tabor — Is tlianking God for what they have witnessed. — 
Elder John Harrelson is Pastor. 

Mt Sinai — Is in good order, and has large and attentive con- 
gregations. — Elder John Harrelson is Pastor. 

Mt. Zion — Is iu great destitution. They are as sheep without 
a shepherd, having no one to go in and out before them. Their 
case is a deplorable one ; such as should commend itself to the 
aid, the prayers, and sympathies of their brethren. May they have 
all these 1 They have no Pastor. 

Mill Creek — Communicates nothing. — Elder G. W. Lennon is"' 
Pastor. 

Lumherton — Has just been constituted. 

Neiv Britain — Is in love and union. They are looking forward 
to an increase in number and spirituality, and desire an interest in 
the prayers of their brethren. — Elder J. Bennett is Pastor. 

Orange St., Wilmington — Speaks of having had a long and 
dreary time. Sometimes, apparently on the very verge of a graci- 
ous revival, when, suddenly, tbose indications would leave them in 
the same cheerless state. Have had to exercise severe discipline, 
and they know not that the eud is yet come to these depressing in- 
fluences. They have a Sabbath School. — Elder A. Paul Pepiton 
is Pastor. 

Porter Sivnmp — Has had a large increase to her number. — El- 
der Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 

Pleasant Plains — Is in the midst of a gracious revival, in which 
the spirit of the Almighty is being most signally displayed. — Elder 
G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

Providence — Has nothing special. — Elder P. C. Connelly is 
Pastor. 

Finey Grove — They bless God for his goodness and mercy 
shown them through the past year. — Elder D. S. Williams is 
Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove — Has regular and attentive congregations, 
which encourages them to hope for better times. — Elder D. B. 
Ayers is Pastor. 

Pleasant Hill — Has had a gracious revival. — Elder D. J. Ray 
is Pastor. 

- Baft Swamp — Is in an excellent condition, having had a glori- 
ous revival, when twenty-seven were added by baptism. — Elder J. 
Stone is Pastor. 

Rockfish — Has had a visitation of the Holy Spirit. — Elder Jas. 
Cashwell is Pastor. - 

Shiloh — Is in a peaceful and sometimes juyous condition.— El- 
der J. H. Cobb is Pastor, 



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Spring Branch — Unimportant. — Elder Wm. Ayers is Pas- 
tor. 

Shady Grove — Has bad some additions. — Elder Isham Stone 
is Pastor. 

Saddle Tree — Is in peace and harmony. — Elder Elias Davis 
is Paster. 

Shallotte — Is in peace and harmony. — Elder Wm. M. Mints is 
Pastor. 

Honey Camp — Has attentive congregations. — Elder Z. Bullock 
is Pastor. 

Union — Is in peace and has had some additions. — Elder W. 
Ayers is Pastor. 

White Lake — Has had some refreshing season, though they 
are without a Pastor. 

Western Prong — Is in peace and has had some additions. — El- 
der H. Lbnnon is Pastor. 

White Marsh — Is in love and peace. — Elder Z. Bullock is 
Pastor. 

United Church — Is in harmony. — Eld T. Gr. Rogers is Pastor. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS' NAMES AND POST OFFICE 



Ayers, Wm. 
Ayers, D. B. 
Bullard, W. B. 
Bullock, Zadok 
]3ennett, Joel 
Cash well, James 
Connelly, P. C. 
Davis, Elias 
Dusenbury, Sam'l 
Hill, G. W. 
Fisher, Reuben 
Hall, Averitt 
Honrine, J. T. 
Lennon, Geo. W. 
Lennon, Ilaynes 
Mints, W. M. 
Noble, A. N. 
Pievatt, Furney 
Stone, Isham 
Smith, Thomas 
Ray, D. J. 
Repiton, A. Paul 



ADDRESS. 
Fair Bluff, Columbus 
Lumberton, Robeson 

Fair Bluff, Columbus 
Shalloate, Brunswick 
Grays Creek, Cumberland 
Mt. Pelier, Richmond 
Lumberton, Robeson 
Bucksville, Horry 
Whiteville, Columbus 
Owenville, Bladen 

Fayetteville, Cumberland 
Robeson's P. O., Brunswick 
Big Swamp, Columbus 
Shalloate, Brunswick 
Cerro Gordo, Columbus 
Lumberton, Robeson 

Owensville, Bladen 
Whiteville, Columbus 
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LICENSED MINISTERS. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT. 

Robt. M. McRackan, Treasurer of Cape Fear Baptist Associa- 
tion : 

To amt. sent up by the churches, $76 20 



Due Treasurer, 

Contra. 

By amt. paid for printing minutes, 

" " " Clerk, 120 00 

Cash paid by Clerk to finish printing min- 
■ utes of 1854, 19 13 

Respectfully submitted, 

ROBT. M. McRACKAN, Treasurer. 



Robt. M. McRackan, Treasurer of Domestic Mission Board in 
Cape Fear Baptist Association : 

Dr. to amt. from Com. Finance, $524 26 

" " sent up subsequently, 18 00 

Collection on Sabbath, 16 50 



(DueTr.|9 11-100,) 

Contra. 


1558 76 


By amt. paid F. Prevatt, 
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paying missionaries at session of 1854, 7 02 



1567 87 
Respectfully submitted, 

ROBT. M. McRACKAN, Treasurer. 



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ORDINATION. 
We the committee on examination of candidates for the chris- 
tian ministry, report as follows. Having listened with interest to a 
relation of the christian experience, and call to the ministry of 
brethren Johnson and Sessoms, recommend them to ordination on 
condition, that they study as far as possible to show themselves 
approved unto God; and workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, 
ri»htly dividing the word of truth. 

P. C. CONNELLY, Chairman. 



SPECIAL CHANGES. 

In January-last, it pleased the Lord to take to himself our belov- 
ed brother Moses Meares, of the Antioch church. He was connec- 
ted with that church nearly twenty -five years, and for a considera- 
ble portion of that time officiated as a Deacon. His duties he 
carefully studied and sought every opportunity to please his di^nne 
Master. His mind was ever in motion — few men' in our Associa- 
tion manifested more anxiety for the prosperity of Zion, or the sal- 
vation of sinners. Truly he was a shining light before his breth- 
ren, and to the wicked a terror. Not many persons for the last 
doze 1 years that fell in his company, escaped hearing something 
about the Bible and its precious doctrines. Surely, Antioch church 
has lost one of her most indefatigable members, and the Association 
a devoted christian. "Blessed are they that die in the Lord, for 
thev rest from their labors and their works do follow them." 

H. L. 

The following persons paid the sums annexed to their names for 
the Endowment of Wake Forest College : 

Elder A. Paul Repiton, - 

W. Frink, - - - - - 

John Harrelson, . . . 

B. Williams, .... 

J. A.Rozier, .... 

Richard Wooten, . - - - 

R. M. McRackan, - - - - 

T. S. Memory, - - 

Elder F. Prevatt, - ■ - 

" G. W. Lennon, 
" Wm. Ayres, 

J. B. Thompson, . „ - - 

A. F. Powell, - - - - 

S. B. Stanaland, . . - - 

Alva Smith, _ . - - 



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MINUTES 



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FIFTY-SECOND SESSION 



OP THE 



O A. P E FEAR 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



HELD AT THE 



CAPE FEAR CHURCH, 



CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N. C, 



October 23, 24, 25, 26, 



1856. 



FAYETTKVILLB : 
PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALB k SON. 

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THURSDAY, October 28, 1856. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appointment, 
by Elder Haynes Lennon, from Jeremiah, 6th chapter and 16th verse. 

After an intermission of ten minutes, the Association was called to 
order by the Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by Brother 
W. Ayers. 

A majority of the Churches being represented, the Association pro- 
ceeded to business. 

Appointed Brethren J. A. Rozier, A. Melvin and F. Lennon a Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

After the reading of Letters and recording the names of Delegates, 
the Officers were elected, viz: Elder Haynes Lennon, Moderator; Rob't 
M. McBackan, Clerk and Treasurer; and J. A. Rozier, Assistant Clerk. 

Visiting Brethren were invited to seats with us: when Bro. Mitchel, 
Agent for Wake Forest College; Bro. George Reaves, Messenger with 
Minutes from the Welsh Neck; and Brethren A. B. Alderman, Solo- 
mon Boykiu and H. McAlpin, with a Letter from the Union Associa- 
tion, presented themselves and took seats with us. Our old and much 
esteemed Brother, S. Mims, also took a seat with us. 

Bros. Gr. W. Hill, W. Frink and Joel Bennet were appointed a Com- 
mittee to investigate a complaint made by Bro. P. P. Ginwright, of 
the Seven Creeks Church, by visiting the Church or otherwise, and re- 
port to the nest session of this body. 

Brethren J. Toller, J. A. Rozier, G. Warwick, J. Plummer, A. Mel- 
vin, G. Williams and N. H. Jones were appointed a Committee to sup- 
ply the Stage. 

Brethren A. Melvin, F. Lennon and J. A. Rozier were appointed a 
Committee of Arrangements. 

The members of the Cape Fear Church were requested to act as a 
Vigilance Committee. 

Adjourned to Friday morning, Si\ o'clock. 

Prayer by Elder A. B. Alderman. 



^ FRIDAY, 9i o'clock A. M. 

Prayer by Elder Elias Davis, after reading and singing by the Mod- 
erator. 

Committee of Arrangements reported. Report made the or'er of 
the day. 

The Letters of Churches not represented on yesterday wer called 
for. A letter from Saddle Tree was received, and the names of the 
Delegates enrolled. 



An invitation was extended to visiting Brethren and Ministers to 
present themselves and take seats with us. 

Elders A. Paul Repiton, P. C. Conoly and William Ayers were 
appointed a Committee to examine Candidates for Ordination. 

Brethren A. F. Powell, Richard Moore, F. Prevat, J. T. Honrine 
and Eli Wishartwere appointed a Committee to select Messengers and 
nominate Brethren to write Letters to Correspoiidiug Associations. 

The next session of the Association will be held at the Cross (Big 
Swamp) Roads Church, commencing at 10 o'clock on Thursday before 
the 4th Sabbath in October 1857. Elder Farney Prevat to preach the 
Introductory Sermon, and Elder Wm. Bullard as Alternate. Elder 
P. C. Conoly to preach at 12 o'clock on Sabbath; Elder Wm. Ayers as 
Alternate. And Elder A. Paul Repiton to preach on Adoption. 

A letter from the Buck Creek Church being received, announcing 
its dissolution, it was directed that the name of Buck Creek be stricken 
from the list of Churches. 

Elders D. B. Ayers, R. M. Sessoms and G. W. Hill were appointed 
a Committee to select subjects and writers for the next Association. 

Resolved, That Elders D. B. Ayers, G. W. Hill, Furney Prevat and 
H. Lennon be appointed a Committee, by the Assdciadon, to inquire 
into the state of all the Churches unrepresented in its jurisdiction; en- 
courage their continuance when deemed expedient so to du; aid Breth- 
ren and Sisters, who are worthy among them, to obtain regular letters 
of dismission when it can be done, and where this is impossible, to give 
such letters of recommeudution to regular Baptist Churches within our 
bounds; and report their action, with all the facts in the premises, for 
the final action of this body. 

Resolved, That the above Committee correspond with the Domestic 
Mission Board in regard to suppl_ying the above places with preaching 
as far as possible, and other matters that will or may tend to further 
the cause of Christ in the region of such Churches [The Committee 
is requested to visit the Beaver Dam Church, Coltnubus ] 

Quere from the United Church — We have sevenil fisheries in this 
vicinity, that are employed in fishing from the 1st of September to the 
last of November. Is it consistent with Gospel order for a member of 
a Church to engage in such and fish on the Sabbmli? If not, please 
inform us in your ^linntes what steps should be taken with a member 
persisting in the aforesaid crime. 

Answci — It is the unanimous opinion of this body, that the principle 
involved in such a practice is a direct violation of tiie Word of God, 
and subjects the perpetrators to discipline. 

Ordered, that 2000 copies of the Minutes be printed 

Ordered, that the Clerk receive Twenty Dollars t'nr his services. 

The Association made way for the Domestic .Mission B<iard, at 12 
o'ckck noon, and resumed its sesi^ion at 2 o'clock P. M. 

Bntber Samuel Jarvis, from the Honey Camp Church, being pre- 
sent \^!thout a Letter, his name was enrolled as a Di*le>r.ire 

The -lerk of a meeting held at the Cross Reads ( hurdi, to consider 
the prop'-iety of establis'hing an Associational School, r. ported verbally. 
Report received. 

Brethren H. Lennon, R. M. McRackan and Eii Wishart were ap- 



pointed a Committee to report on to-morrow the practicability of es- 
tablishing an Associational School. 

Quere — What disposition shall be made of a member of the Church 
who never contributes any thing to the support of the Gospel? 

A7isvjei' — That he be exhorted to benevolence, and in the event he 
still refuses to contribute to its support, that he should be disciplined 
for covetousness. 

Adjourned to 10 o'clock Saturday. Prayer by Elder Mitchel. 

SATURDAY, 10 o'clock A. M. 

Prayer by Elder D. B. Ayers, after reading and singing by the Mod- 
erator. 

An invitation was extended to visiting Brethren. Bro. A. M. Poia- 
dexter, Corresponding Sec'y B. F. Missions of Southern Baptist Con- 
vention, took a seat with us. 

Committee of Arrangements reported. Report received and made 
the order of the day. 

The Moderator was directed to take the necessary steps for the col- 
lection of the balance due on the subscription to Wake Forest College. 

The Committee on Ministerial Education reported. Report received, 
and its appendage to the Minutes ordered. On which subject and at 
this time Bro. Poindexter delivered a suitable address. 

The Report on Foreign Missions was re-committed, to enable the 
Committee to enlarge upon the subject, and in the event of its unrea- 
diness for the Association, to be handed to the Clerk for insertion. in 
the Minutes. 

Bible Society reported. Report received and its appendage ordered. 
The following resolution was passed. 

Resolved, That the Churches within our bounds be called upon and 
urged to form Societies auxiliary to the Bible Society now under the 
patronage of this Association. 

Committee on Publication Society reported. Report received and 
its appendage ordered. 

Committee on Colportage reported. Report received and its append- 
age ordered. 

Baptist State Convention and Temperance Reports received, and or- 
dered to be appended to the Minutes. 

Association gave way to the Domestic Mission Board at 12 o'clock 
noon. 4 

Resumed its session at 2 o'clock P. M. 

Committee of Finance reported $74 95 for Minute Fund. Report 
received. 

The Committee on the establishing of an Associational School re- 
ported. Whereupon the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That the propriety of establishing an Associational School 
be submitted to the several Churches in this Association, for their ma- 
ture consideration during the ensuing year, and that they express in 
their Letters, at the next session of this body, their opinions thereon, 
with a view to acting at that time. 



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Committee on the appointment of Messengers, &c. reported. Report 
received and its appendage ordered. 

Brethren A. F. Powell and W. J. Stanaland were appointed to audit 
the Treasurer's account with the Association. 

Bro. James McDaniel was invited to a seat with us, but could not 
remain on account of pressing business. 

Committee to select subjects reported. Report received and its ap- 
pendage ordered. 

Committee on Wake Forest College reported. Report received and 
its appendage ordered. At which time Bro. Mitchel addressed U8 on 
the subject of the College. 

Committee to audit the Treasurer's account reported. 

A contribution was made by the Brethren generally to pay a bal- 
ance due the Treasurer, (?42 .93.) 

Resolved, That it is expedient and desirable that the Biblical Re- 
corder, the organ of the denomination in the State, receive a more ex- 
tensive circulation within our bounds, and that the claims of this paper 
to Baptist support be brought more prominently before the members of 
the Churches within our bounds. 

Resolved, That we recommend to the consideration of the members 
of this Association, and request their subscription to The Commission, 
and Home and Foreign Journal, Missionary Periodicals, published in 
Richmond, Virginia, by Elder A. M. Poindexter. 

The thanks of the Association were most respectfully tendered to the 
neighborhood, for the hospitality extended to them during its session. 

Elder Poindexter to preach to-morrow evening. 

The collection taken up on to-morrow to be appropriated to Domei- 
tic Missions. 

Prayer by Elder Poindexter. 

SABBATH. 

Elder P. C. Conoly addressed the congregation at 10^ o'clock A. M.j 
from 1st Thessalonians, 4th chapter, 3d verse: "For this is the will of 
God, even your sanctification." 

Elder A. Paul Repiton followed immediately after, with a discourse 
from Luke, 7th chapter, 37th and 38th verses: "And behold, a woman 
in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat 
in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster-box of ointment. And 
stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with 
• tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his 
feet, and anointed them with the ointment." 

After a short intermission, we were addressed by Elder A. M. Poin- 
dexter of Richmond, Virginia, on the subject of Foreign Missions, from 
Matthew, 28th chapter, 19th and 20th verses: "Go ye therefore and 
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even un- 
to the end of the world. Amen." 

HAYNES LENNON, Moderator. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN, Clerk. 



DOMESTIC MISSION BOAHD. 



Friday, 12 o'clock — Noon. 

The Board went into session. 

Brethren Giles Williams and P. C. Gonoly were appointed a Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

Elder Hajnes Lennon was elected President, and Rob't M. McRack- 
an Clerk and Treasurer. 

Reports were called for. 

Elders Wm. and D. B. Avers reported, as Itinerants. Their Reports 
received, and their appendage to the Minutes ordered. 

Brethren J. A. Rozier, E. Wishart, F. Lennon, Wm. J. Stanaland 
and A. F. Powell were appointed a Committee to procure the services 
of Itinerants. 

The Committee of Finance was directed to pay to the Treasurer the 
funds in hand. 

Brethren A. F. Powell and Wm. J. Stanaland were appointed a 
Committee to audit the Treasurer's account. 

Adjourned to Saturday, 12 o'clock M. 

Saturday, 12 o'clock. 

Board in session. 

Committee of Finance reported as having received for Missionary 
purposes 5307 70, which Report was received and ordered to be ap- 
pended to the Minutes. 

Committee appointed to audit Treasurer's account reported $9 11 due 
the Treasurer. 

Treasurer directed to pay the Missionaries. 

The Committee appointed to procure services of Itinerants reported. 
Report referred to the Executive Committee. 

An Executive Committee was appointed to attend to any unsettled 
business of the Board. The Committee to consist of Elders H. Len- 
non, W. B. Bullard and J. Stone, and Brethren B. Freeman, F. Len- 
non, G. Warwick, A. F. Powell, R. Wooten and Rob't M. McRackan. 

The Board directs the Executive Committee to pay to Itinerants One 
Dollar ard Fifty Cents per day, if they deem it expedient. 

HAYNES LENNON, President. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN, Clerk. 



-AI^I^EI^ DIX. 



SUBJECTS TO WKITE ON. 

The Committee appointed to select subjects, and designate individu- 
als to write tbereon, submit tbe following Report, viz: 

On Ministerial Education — A. P. Repiton and J. B. Barlow. 

On Foreign Missions — R. M. McRackan and J. C. Powell. 

Bible Societies — P. C. Conoly and J, B. Thompson. 

Sabbath Schools — E. Wishart and J. A. Rozier. 

Publication Societies — Gt. W. Lennon and J. W. Woodsides. 

Colportage — -J, C. Powell and F. A. Powell. 

Baptist State Convention — J. Hollingsworth and A. N. Williamson. 

Temperance— S. Daaeoberrj imd T. W. Ayers. 

Extension of Domestic Missions — W. Ayres, J). N. Page and D. B. 
Ayers 

- BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. 

DaAB Brethren: la the performance of a great work three things 
are necessary. First, to raise the means when they do not exist; se- 
condly, to secure and prepare the proper instruments; and, thirdly, a 
judicious application of the same. This care is needful in works of 
architecture, agriculture, or whatever else we engage in; and if we turn 
to the work of building up the Redeemer's kingdom on the earth, and 
producing fruit to the honor and glory of God, we find that it loses . 
none of its importance or utility. 

This great work the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina pro- 
poses to endeavor to accomplish. By reference to the 2d Article of 
the Constitution we find, that the primary objects of this Convention 
shall be the education of young men, called of God to the Gospel Min- 
istry, and approved by the Churches to which they belong; the em- 
ployment of Missionaries within the limits of the State; and a co-ope- 
ration with the Southern Baptist Convention in the promotion of Mis- 
sions in general. In carrying out these objects the Convention is now 
actively engaged. They keep an Agent in the field collecting funds for 
the support of the Missionaries laboring for it, and the education of 
young men called of God to the Gospel Ministry — of which there are 
nine now pursuing their studies at Wake Forest College, preparatory 
to their entrance upon the Ministry. At Charlotte, a Church has been 
constituted, and a new commodious house of worship completed, through 
the indefatigable labors of Bro. R. B. Jones, a Missionary of the Con- 
vention; while other Ministers have been appointed to preach at Wades- 
borough, Goldsborough, Lumberton, Franklinton, Henderson and Tar- 
borough, the present year. Some have been supplied with preaching 
twice a month, and the balance monthly; while there are other import- 



ant places in the State destitute of Baptist preaching, of which we 
might mention Groensborough, Salisbury, Beaufort, Chapel Hill and 
Washington, and which are now very properly occupying the attention 
of the Convention. 

Thus, my Brethren, have we glanced hastily at the work in which 
we are engaged, and the broad field now lying before us already white 
for the harvest. But it may be objected, that the Convention inter- 
feres with the rights of Associations, and that the different Associations 
might supply the destitution within their own borders. The Conven- 
tion proposes to unite with individuals, societies, Churches and Asso- 
ciations, in carrying out its objects; and thus we see by uniting our 
means, concentrating our energies, and acting in harmony, we may ac- 
complish that which it is impossible for Churches or Associations to 
do. And again, it has a tendency to unite the brotherhood throughout 
the State, and produce uniformity of sentiment and feeling, showing 
an undivided front — an invincible and unconquerable attitude before 
the world. Shall we, my Christian Brethren, after taking a view of 
the scene before us, fold our hands together in apathy, and unheed the 
Macedonian cry which is wafted on every breeze, from the mountains of 
Western Carolina to the Atlantic plains, and from the borders of the 
Old Dominion to the Palmetto State: while thousands are perishing for 
the bread of life, and daily passing into the spirit land unprepared to 
meet their God: while in our midst such mighty efforts are made ia 
every branch of industry, and such great improvements made in the 
arts and sciences to increase the wealth, intelligence and prosperity of 
our State? We may improve our farms, make additions in every branch 
of mechanical industry, and build our mighty rail roads, but what will 
it avail us if the one thing needful is neglected, and our people unsano- 
tified by religion? These are but baits to lure our souls to destruction, 
without that grand corrective furnished only by the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Let us then, my Brethren, act unitedly, and seek every ad- 
vantage that may be had in publishing the story of the Cross to everj 
creature, — hastening, as much as in us lies, the glorious time when the 
knowledge of the Lord shall cover the whole earth. 

Respectfully submitted. 



G. W. HILL. 



PUBLICATIONS. 



Tour Committee respectfully report the following: 

The time has arrived when we should no longer theorize upon the 
subject of Publications, but go into immediate action in promoting this, 
one of the best of causes. Incalculable good has been done by means 
of the press. Since we, as a denomination, have given our energies, 
our talents, and our means to a limited extent, in having publicity given 
to our sentiments, our success has been unprecedented. Among other 
sources of improvement in this respect, we particularly recommend to 
your consideration the Biblical Recorder. And we would enjoin, es- 
pecially, that no support should be extended to any Publications but 
those which are strictly Baptist in their character. 

Respectfully, P. C. CONOLY, Chairman. 



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MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The Committee report, that an educated Ministry is of the very first 
importance. A Minister, by right, occupies the highest position in 
life. He is an ambassador of the living God to his fellows, to instruct 
them in the way of salvation, to lead them through a world beset with 
difficulties, to advise them of these dangers, and to enable them, by the 
instructions given, to cultivate those dispositions which will befit them 
for respectability here and felicity hereafter. 

It is manifest from such considerations that he ought to have every 
possible facility granted him, that he may be enabled to teach those 
that look to him for instruction, — and all look to him, for his calling 
implies that he is, or ought to be, possessed of such qualifications, and 
study to show himself approved of God, a "workman that needeth not 
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 

Respectfully, 

G. W. LENNON. 

COLPORTAGE. 

Dear Brethren: Your Committee, to whom was referred the sub- 
ject of Colportage, respectfully present the following, viz: 

When we reflect on the magnitude of the work and the little that 
has been done, we are forced to exclaim that we have been unprofitable 
servants. When the system of Colportage was first adopted we have 
no data to determine. History informs us that Wickliff distributed 
his translation of the Bible by this system, and from that time to the 
present the work has been going on with more or less success. The 
Baptists are behind all other Christian denominations in this work. 
The Methodist preachers, to a man, are Colporteurs, and to this we can 
justly attribute their growth in numbers, and the vast quantity of 
books throughout the land. This remark applies with equal force to 
all Pedo-Baptist denominations. Let us look to the reports of Colpor- 
teurs of the Tract Society in our own State, and learn to be up and 
doing, for there is a mighty work before us. The Cape Fear Associa- 
tion is now a half century old, and having never engaged in this im- 
portant work, as we are aware of, it behooves us to bestir ourselves and 
give our best energies to it. The N. C. Publication Society, Raleigh, 
the Publication Society, Charleston, Graves & Co., Nashville, besides 
a number of others in New York and Philadelphia, are so many foun- 
tains from which supplies can be had, that we are left without excuse 
in the procurement of books of a denominational character. How shall 
this work be furthered? is a question presenting itself. And as an an- 
swer, we would suggest that every Itinerant act as a Colporteur as far 
as possible. This might prevent their preaching as many sermons as 
they otherwise would, but we believe a greater good would result by 
visiting families, holding religious conversations, engaging in prayer, 
selling books where they could, and giving small works where they 
were unable to purchase. They suggest, too, that every Pastor should 
visit every family in his Church at least once a year — be furnished with 
books, and if he should find himself unable to do this, let him call upon 
some brother to aid in their disposal. 



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The next question is, how are the books and tracts to be obtained? 
If we understand the object of the creation of the N. C. Publication 
Society, it was to furnish Colporteurs with books, that our principles 
might be disseminated and properly understood by every one. To at- 
tain this end, we recommend that our Pastors, whatever position they 
occupy, whether they are stationed or travel, should procure books and 
pay as they sell them. We believe that the books could be had on 
time, from any publishing establishment, by the Association becoming 
responsible to the establishment, and the Colporteur becoming respon- 
sible to the Association. 

We invite the attention of the Churches to this matter, and request 
that they raise a fund for this purpose, to be paid at the next Associa- 
tion. 

Our brethren in every direction are up and doing, and the Lord is 
blessing their labors. We hear of the work progressing mightily in 
the great west, and across the broad water in Catholic countries. Bro. 
Orcken and his companions are working with a zeal suited to the great 
cause. Let us follow in the footsteps of these champions of the Gross, 
by at once entering upon the work, for the night cometh speedily when 
no man can work. 

May the Almighty direct you in that way that will aid in the pro- 
motion of truth. 

Respectfully submitted. 

ELI WISH ART. 

BIBLE SOCIETIES. 

Your Committee on Bible Societies beg leave to report the following, 
viz: 

The Bible, which is the Word of God, is the moral luminary of the 
world, from which all the enterprises for the religious improvement of 
man derive light, heat and energy. It is the centre, around which 
every movement in the whole system of human efforts for evangelizing 
the world revolves. Remove the Bible, and all the operations of this 
system will soon cease, and relapse into heathenish darkness and su- 
perstition. Hence every effort for the circulation of the Bible should 
take the precedence among the reforms for the melioration of the con- 
dition of mankind. Bible Societies, therefore, occupy the highest po- 
sition among the various benevolent institutions which so specially dis- 
tinguish and dignify the present age. Their object is the diffusion of 
God's Word, which furnishes the only sure directory in the all-import- 
ant matter of the soul's eternal salvation, and the only infallible rule 
in matters of religious faith and practice. It is, then, of paramount 
importance that this Word should be circulated, not only among our 
own countrymen, but that it should be distributed throughout the 
length and breadth of our earth, purely and correctly translated to eve- 
ry people. In view of these considerations and many others, Baptists, 
who constantly appeal to the Word of God, and it only, as the author- 
ity for their faith and practice, should be foremost in every proper en- 
deavor to have this Word in correct translations distributed among 
their fellows. 



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For this purpose they should unitedly and vigorously engage in 
forming Bible Societies, and carrying on their operations as far as prac- 
ticable. 

We therefore suggest, that every Church form a Bible Society, as 
an auxiliary to the one connected with this Association, and to send 
their funda to it, to be disposed of as the Assoeiational Society may 
think best. Thus the funds of the parent Society will be greatly in- 
creased, and the movement receive a new impetus. The mighty river 
is formed by the mingled waters of many tributaries; all pouring into 
its channel swell it until its banks are overflowed. In like manner 
these auxiliary Societies, sending their several contributions into the 
treasury of your Society, would increase its funds to an amount that 
would enable it to extend its operations far beyond the ordinary limits. 

Respectfully submitted. 

WILLIAM AYEKS. 

WAKE FOREST COLLEGE. 

Wake Forest College is still in a prosperous condition. The num- 
ber of Students in the College department is larger than it has ever 
been, and the prospects of the institution were never more flattering 
than now. 

During the present session the College has been blest with a revival, 
and upwards of twenty of the Students have been brought to a know- 
ledge of the truth. 

The endowment is steadily progressing. About nine thousand dol- 
lars have been subscribed this year. 

There are now nine beneficiaries in the College — pious young men, 
who are looking forward to the Grospel Ministry. There are others 
anxious to avail themselves of the advantages of a regular College 
course, but the institution is not able to receive them now. 

We hope that it will soon be placed on a permanent basis — that the 
endowment will be completed, and that "the College will soon be able 
to give gratuitous tuition to all our young men who are studying with 
a view to the Q-ospel Ministry, provided they come approved by their 
respective Churches. Respectfully submitted. 

HAYNES LENNON. 

SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Dear Brethren: Your Committee on Sabbath Schools respectfully 
eubmit the following Report: 

The importance of Sabbath Schools no one will doubt. All of our 
Churches ought to know, that a well conducted, a well attended School, 
has been a blessing to the Church and neighborhood wherever they 
have been organized and continued. We believe, in such an institu- 
tion, an opportunity is aflPorded to Ministers of the Gospel, and lay 
members, male and female, of our Churches, to give instruction that 
otherwise would never be given or received. 

We are of the opinion that the mind of man, naturally, does not 
love the Word of God, and it would seem, judging the future by the 



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past, that a surer and readier way to beget a desire in the rising gene- 
ration for the reading of the Book of books cannot be adopted than 
the blessed institution of Sabbath Schools affords. There are libraries 
prepared expressly for the instruction and encouragement of children. 
These libraries are cheap and can be easily obtained by all of our 
Churches, and used to the greatest possible advantage. 

Your Committee, in conclusion, would earnestly recommend, that all 
our Churches take a deeper interest in Sabbath Schools, both for their 
own prosperity and for the lasting good of the rising generation. 

J. H. COBB. 

REPORT OF TREASURER OF CAPE FEAR ASSOCIATION. 

Rob't M. McRackan, Treasurer. 
1856. To am't sent by the Churches for Minute Fund, ?74 95 

" '* contributed by Delegates for arrearages of 1854 

and 1855, 42 93 

" « Collected on Sabbath for Missions, 58 00 



CONTRA. 

By am't reimbursed Treas'r for 1854, 
u u u u u 1855^ 

" " paid Clerk for services, 

" " " printing these Minutes, 



Balance paid Treas'r of D. M. Board, S52 95 

Respectfully submitted. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN, Treas'r. 

REPORT OF TREASURER OP DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD 
IN CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

Rob't M. McRackan, Treasurer. 
1856. To cash of J. N. McCall, (Life Membership,) 
" collections as reported by Com. Finance, 
" am't from Treas'r C. F. Association, 



CONTRA. 

By am't reimbursed Treas'r for 1854, 
" " " " « 1855, 

" " paid D. B. Ayers, 
" " " William Ayers, 



By am't now in hands of Treasurer, M5 74 

Respectfully submitted. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN. 







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14 
TEMPERANCE. 

In presenting a Report upon the subject assigned me at the last ses- 
sion of your body, I do not know that I could serve the cause of Tem- 
perance better than by adducing the following extract from the Word 
of God: "Look not thou upon the wine when it ia red, when it giveth 
his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it bi- 
teth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder." "Who hath wo? who 
hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath 
wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry 
long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine." 

Let us look back a few years and trace their history. See that young, 
lovely and blooming girl — health, pleasure and happiness sparkling in 
her eyes — graceful in her person and motion — the centre of attraction 
around whom admiring ones cluster. The idol, the only daughter of 
loved and devoted parents. Her cup of happiness, hovj full! Behold 
that fine, manly, noble, erect figure by her side. He has gained her 
afi'ections. Soon he is to vow to cherish, protect and love her. He 
is honorable and highminded in all his actions and transactions. De- 
scended from noble parentage. His society is courted; friends (of 
whom he has many) greet him with the warmest welcome. He mar- 
ries, and mingles in the festivities created for their entertainment. He 
joins his friends (so called^ in a social glass of wine; evening after 
■ evening it is repeated, until the round of hymenial convivialities is 
ended. His associates are mec, and in the fashionable "Saloons," 
"Restaurants," and "Our Houses," (decent names for sinks of iniquity 
and death.) Here the social glass is repeated, until a habit is formed 
that becomes his inaster. Time passes; he is stripped of wealth and 
employment by that all-destroying monster, and we soon see him the 
inmate of that hovel. Look now at that lovely being who left her 
doting parents to be his bosom companion, and to share his love and 
protection. Her cheeks no longer blooming with health, but pale and 
emaciated, with sorrow and anguish, such as woman's heart alone is 
heir to, impressed on every part. Her person is clad in the miserable 
garb of abject poverty. He, who promised to love, cherish, protect 
and support her, is now her tyrant and oppressor, and the demon of 
her existence. Where are now their friends? The grave hides from 
view heart-broken parents, and the drunkard's friends, where are they? 
They have forsaken him. Go to the wretched hovel of the poor ine- 
briate. See the half-starved, and not half-clad, but miserable inmates. 
Behold a once cherished and beloved companion and children mal- 
treated, and even butchered, by him who holds the endearing name of 
husband, father and protector. Then you will be prepared to give an 
answer to the question, " IFAo hath loo?" &c. Behold yon motley 
crowd where contentious ire rages! and what do you see? Bacchus' 
maniac drenching his hand in his brother's blood. And where does 
the scene end? Either in a penitentiary or under the gallows. Bro- 
ther Moderator and Brethren, while these are living realities of the use 
of alcoholic drinks, and are known and read of all men, does it not 
seem strange that any one, much less a professing Christian, should 
either indulge himself or ofi'er it to others? And why should it be 



12 


50 


10 


00 


10 


00 


12 


50 


12 


50 



Wm. Ayers 


U'2 50 


A. Smith 


12 50 


D. F. Williamson 


12 50 


S. B. Staualand 


12 50 



15 

necessary to write essays upon such an evil habit? Brethren, friends, 
and all who indulge in any of the inebriating drinks of the day, dash 
down the viper ere he inserts his deadly fang. "Touch not, taste not, 
handle not," the drunkard's potion. 

Kespectfully submitted. 

A. PAUL REPITON. 

Amounts paid to Wake Forest College for Scholarship. 

A. P. Repiton 
Richard Wooten 
R. M. McRackan 
T. S. Memory 
G. W. Lennon 

$107 50 

REPORTS OF MISSIONARIES. 

D. B. AYERS' REPORT. 

Dear Brethren: Your Missionary and Colporteur makes the fol- 
lowing report: 

I commenced travelling on the 13th January, and concluded ray la- 
bors in the present month, October. During which time I have been 
almost incessantly engaged in the duties assigned me, visiting all the 
Churches in the Association as often as possible, and meeting a hearty 
welcome among the Brethren generally. I have been in several pro- 
tracted meetings where the Lord appeared to be doing a great work — 
subjecting many to His converting grace. 

Mt. Moriah Church is in a helpless condition and needs the counsel 
of her sister Churches. Beaver Dam (Columbus County) is in a like 
condition. Buck Creek Church has dissolved. At Simpson's Creek 
Church some of the Brethren have taken Letters and gone to other 
Churches, while those remaining have united with the Anti-Mission 
Baptists. 

I have travelled two hundred and thirty-eight days including rest; 
missed twelve in consequence of affliction, not including night meet- 
ings. Exhortations and Sermons, one hundred and ninety-seven: Bap- 
tized seven persons; sold two hundred dollars' worth of books, and gave 
to destitute persons three dollars' worth of Testaments and Tracts. 

My travelling expenses have been two dollars and eighty cents. Re- 
ceived from Beulah Church ten dollars, from Mt. Zion five dollars, and 
from sundry friends two dollars, — making in all seventeen dollars. 

After giving all the glory to God, and blessing Him for His preserv- 
ing care, I tender my thanks to my dear Brethren whom the Lord has 
given hearts to be kind to one of their weakest brethren. 

D. B. AYERS. 

report of WILLIAM AYERS. 

Dear Brethren: I have been laboring as your Missionary in the 
Southern part of the Association, and have not failed, as much as was 
in my power, to defend the cause of the Missionary Baptists at all 



16 

times; and have reason to think that some good has been done thereby. 
I have attended some protracted meetings, and have heard some tell 
what the Lord has done for their souls. I have Baptized 27, and 
served the Board 95 days, including the rest days allowed. The con- 
dition of some of the Churches has been given in the Report of D. B. 
Ayers. 

I have been kindly received wherever my labors have called me. 
And may the Lord bless the labors that have been done in accordance 
with His Word, is the prayer of your servant, for Christ's sake. 

WM. AYERS. 

REPORT OF DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD. 

The Committee of Finance of the Domestic Mission Board report as 
follows: 



Ashpole, 


316 15 1 


Crogs Roads, 


$15 00 


Antioch, 


10 


00 


Macedonia, Columbus, 


5 00 


Big Branch, 


13 


40 


Mt. Zion, 


9 00 


Mt. Eliam, 


2 


50 


Pleasant Plains, 


10 00 


Back Swamp, 


11 


50 


Porter Swamp, 


10 00 


Saddle Tree, 


5 


50 


Pleasant Hill, 


10 00 


Provid&ijce, 


9 


00 


Seven Creeks, 


5 00 


Raft Swamp, 


5 


00 


Western Prong, 


16 50 


Pleasant Grove, 


o 
O 


40 


Shady Grove, 


5 00 


Lumberton, 


1 


00 


Sundry collections, 


18 75 


Mt. Sinai, 


5 


00 


White Lake, 


7 00 


Brier Branch, 


7 


00 


Cheerful Hope, 


6 00 


Beulah, 


10 


00 


New Britain, 


4 00 


Sumuel B. Robbing, 




Ad 


00 


Cape Fear, 


10 00 


Shallotte, 


6 


00 


Piney Grove, 


5 00 


Cedar Creek, 


5 00 


Bear Swamp, 


5 00 


Orange St., 


10 


00 


United Church, 


5 00 


Little River, 


5 


00 


Springfield, 


6 00 


Spring Branch, 


10 


00 


William Ayers, 


5 00 


Mrs. Eliza S. Robeson, 


10 


00 








Beaver Dam, Bladen, 


5 


00 


Total, 


$307 70 



In the Minutes of last year a mistake occurred, viz: Five dollars are 
placed against the name of Macedonia Church, Bladen, when it should 
have been Macedonia, Columbus County. 

Mrs. Eliza S. Robeson placed in the hands of the Clerk five dol- 
lars for the Southern Baptist Publication Board, which money waa 
given to Bro. Smith of said Board. 

COMMITTEE TO APPOINT MESSENGERS. 



Your Committee report as follows: 

To the Welsh Neck Association — Norman Martin, J. H. Cobb and 
Joseph Thompson. P. C Conoly to write Letter 

To the Pee Dee Association— E. D. Johnson, F Prevatt, P. C. Con- 
oly, Alfred R, Pitman and A. J. Thompson. W. J. Stanaland to write 
Letter. 



IT 

To the Union Association — A. P. Repiton, H. Lennon, Gr. W. Len- 
non, Ewen Johnson and John Monroe. A. P. Repiton to write Letter. 

A. F. POWELL, Chairman. 

The following persons paid the sums annexed to their names to Bro. 
Poindexter, on Saturday, as the Agent of Foreign Missions: 



RoVt M. McRackan ^10 00 


J. M. M. G-ore 


85 00 


Rev. Haynes Lennon 10 00 


Rev. H. McAlpin 


2 00 


A. F. Powell 10 00 


N. Martin 


1 00 


Giles Williams 4 00 


Rev. G. W. Hill 


1 00 


E. Johnson 5 00 


Eli Wishart 


1 00 


D. B. Ayers 1 00 


J. A. Rozier 


1 00 


A. McMillan 5 00 


E. D. Mears 


5 00 


Pupils Cape Fear Sabbath 

School 1 50 








$62 50 


Sabbath Collection 




55 25 



$117 75 



A DIGEST of the State of Religion in the Association, as indicated 

by the Church Letters. 

Antioch — Presents a fine appearance; is in the enjoyment of peace 
and harmony, and an efficient discipline is being exercised. She has 
been blessed with a revival, and a great interest in the cause of Christ 
is manifested by the Brethren. Elder Haynes Lennon is Pastor. 

Ashpole — Is in peace and love. She, too, has had a gracious out- 
pouring of the Spirit, and hopes that the work is yet in progress. She 
possesses the vital elements of a Christian Church. Elder Wm. Ayers 
is Pastor. 

Back Swamp — Shows, with Antioch and Ashpole, a most pleasant 
state of things. Has had a gracious revival. Elder P. C. Conoly is 
Pastor. 

Bear Swamp — Has been sharing in the blessed fruits of the Spirit of 
all grace, having had a revival. Elder Jesse Rogers is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, Bladen — Has had good preaching, with attentive con- 
gregations. Is in the enjoyment of peace and harmony. Elder F. 
Prevatt is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, Columbus — Is in a cold state. Elder A. M. Noble is 
Pastor. 

Big Branch — Is in a prosperous condition. Has a Sabbath School 
in the warm season, which promises usefulness. Has had a glorious 
revival. Elder Haynes Lennon is Pastor. 

Brier Branch — Unimportant. Elder F. Prevatt is Pastor. 

Cross Roads — Is in a happy condition. Elder H. Lennon, Pastor. 

Concord — Has had difficulties, but is hoping for a better state of 
things. Elder R. Fisher is Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope — Uninteresting. 

Cape Fear — Is enjoying peace and harmony, and has large and at- 
tentive congregationa. Elder H. McAlpin, Pastor. 
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18 

Cedar Creek — Coldness prevails to a lamentable extent. Elder F. 
Prevatt is their Supply. 

Hickory Grove — Is thanking God for the goodness He baa mani- 
fested through the past year. Elder F. Prevatt is Pastor. 

Macedonia, Columbus — Presents nothing cheering. Elder Z. Bul- 
lock is their Supply. 

Mt. Eliam — Is in peace and harmony, with some small exceptions. 
Elder I. Stone is Pastor. 

Mt. Tabor — Is enjoying brotherly love. Elder J. Harrelson is Pas- 
tor. 

Mt. Sinai — Is is good order — peace and harmony prevailing. Elder 
Z. Bullock is Pastor. 

Mt. Zion — Has nothing special. Elder Z. Bullock is Pastor. 

Mill Creek — The prospect is more cheering here than has been for a 
considerable time. They have had a revival. Elder J. Harrelson is 
Pastor. 

Lumberton — Has nothing special. They possess proper dispositions, 
in view of the many mercies received at the hands of the Almighty. 
Elder P. C. Conoly is Pastor. 

New Britain — Is in a cold state, and desires the prayers of the 
Churches. Elder Joel Bennet is Pastor. 

Orange St. — Her Pastor has been unable to preach for some time, 
but has resumed his labors, and the signs of the times are indicative of 
good. Elder A. P. Kepiton is Pastor. 

Porter Swamp — Is in a good condition generally. She has had a 
considerable increase by baptism; nevertheless she mourns that intem- 
perance is within the camp and she has had to exercise discipline. How 
long will those calling themselves after the name of Christ countenance 
this deadly foe of God and man! Elder H. Lennon is Pastor, 

Pleasant Plains — Complains somewhat of coldness, and a necessity 
of excluding some of her members. They have, notwithstanding, had 
some very precious seasons. Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 

ProTidence — Has nothing of interest. Elder J. H. Cobb is Pastor. 

Piney Grove — Is in peace and union, though coldness prevails. 

Pleasant Grove — Is hoping for good things. Elder E. D. Johnson is Pastor. 

Pleasant Hill — Is in peace. Elder D. J. Ray is Pastor. 

Raft Swamp — Is in a prosperous condition. F. Prevatt is Pastor. 

Rockfish — Has a flourishing Sabbath School. J. Cashwell is Pastor. 

Shiloh — Asks an interest in the prayers of the Brethren. 

Spring Branch — Has had a decided improvement in discipline. Wm. Ajera 
is Pastor. 

Shady Grove — Is in peace. I. Stone is Pastor. 

Saddle Tree — Has had an interesting protracted meeting. Elder E. DstIs 
is Pastor. 

Shallotte — Mourns her sad condition. W. Mints is Pastor. 

Union — Has nothing special. Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 

White Lake — Is complaining that she has made no advances. 

Western Prong — Unimportant. H. Lennon is Pastor. 

United Church — Uninteresting. T. G. Rogers is Pastor. 

Mt. Pisgah — Is in a gloomy state. 

Seven Creeks — Feels that her strength is being renewed. W. Mints is Pastor, 

Springfield — Is in peace. Wm. Mints is Pastor. 

Little River — Has had a small increase. T. G. Rogers is Pastor. 

Buck Creek — Has dissolved. 

Iron Hill X Roads— Is in peace, though coldneBS abounds. 



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Associa'n Fund. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



FIFTY-THIRD SESSION 



OP THE 



OA.I>E FEA.1^ 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



HELD AT THE 

CROSS ROADS, 

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N. C, 

October 22, 23, 24, 25, 

1857. 



7 



FAYETTEVILLE : 
PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE & SON. 

1858. 



MINUTES. 



THURSDAY, October 22, 1857. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appointment, 
hy Elder F. Prevatt, from the 1st Epistle of John, and 7th verse. 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association was calbd 
■^0 order by the Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by Elder 
W. B. Bullard. 

A majority of the Churches being represented, the Association pro- 
ceeded to business. 

Appointed Brethren Giles Williams, J. A Rozier and J. Ellis, a 
Committee of Finance. 

After the reading of Letters and recording the names of Delegates, 
the Officers were elected, viz: Elder Haynes Lennon, Moderator; Rob't 
M, McRackan, Clerk and Treasurer, and Benjamin Freeman, Assistant 
Clerk. 

The Letter from the Shallotte Church was laid upon the table. 

An invitation was extended to visiting Brethren and Messengers from 
other Associations: when Elder H. McAlpin and Bro. Arthur Brown, 
from the Union, presented themselves and were received with christian 
courtesy. 

An opportunity was afforded to Churches newly constituted to pre- 
sent themselves for admission, when Magnolia, in Cumberland County, 
•was received as a member of this body. 

Brethren B. Freeman, J. A. Rozier, F. Lennon, J. G. Powell and 
J. Ellis, were appointed a Committee to supply the Stage. 

Appointed Brethren R. M. McRackan, Eli Wishart and A. F. Pow- 
ell, a Committee of Arrangements. 

Appointed Brethren W. J. Stanaland, C. Porter, Gr. Williams, F. 
Lennon and R. Powers, ^ Committee of Vigilance. 

The Letter of the Shallotte Church, which had been laid upon the 
table, was now examined, when the Association determined to receive 
the Delegation as members of this body; and appointed Elders H. Len- 
non, D. J. Ray, Wm. B. Bullard, and Bro. R. M. McRackan, as a Com* 
mittee to visit the Church and settle the difficulty which was presented 
in the Letter. 

Association adjourned to 9| o'clock to-morrow. 

Prayer by Elder E. Davis. 



9 J o'clock Friday Morning. 

Prayer by Elder J. H. Cobb. 

The Committee of Arrangements reported. Report made the ordes? 
of the day. 



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Elders John Bradford, Agent of Foreign Missions, and John Mitch- 
ell, Agent of the Wake Forest College, were invited to seats with us. 

The Letter from Bear Swamp was received, and the names of the 
Delegates enrolled. 

Brethren A. F. Powell, G. Williams, F. Prevatt, A. R. Pitman and 
B. Freeman, were appointed a Committee to select Corresponding Mes- 
sengers to other Associations. 

The Letter from Shiloh was received, and the Delegates' names en- 
rolled. 

The nest Session of the Association to be held with the Ashpole 
Church, corDnjencing at lOa^ o'clock A. M. on Saturday before the 4th 
Sabbath in October 1858; and that Elder H. Lennou preach the Intro- 
ductory Sermon, and Elder F. Prevatt be the Alternate; and that Elder 
P. C. Gomiellj preach at 12 o'clock on Sunday, and Elder D. B. Ayers 
be the Alternute. 

Iron xlill and Seven Creeks presented their Letters, and the names 
of the Delegates were enrolled. 

Elder A. Paul Repiton is to preach on the subject of Adoption, at 
the next Association, on Sabbath, at 10 o'clock A. M. 

Elders P. C. Connelly, J. H. Cobb, H. McAlpin and H. Lennon, 
were appointed a Committee to examine Candidates for Ordination. 

W. J. Stanaland, B. Freeman and W. Ayers, were appointed a Com- 
mittee to select subjects, and persons to write thereon, for the next As- 
sociation. 

The Committee appointed at the last Session of the Association, to 
visit the Seveo Creeks Church and investigate the matter in relation to 
Bro. Jenrett, made their Report, which was adopted and ordered to be 
appended to the Minutes. 

Agreed to have 2000 copies of the Minutes printed. 

Twenty Dollars is allowed to the Clerk. 

Brethren Prevatt and W. J. Stanaland were appointed a Committee 
to confer with the Domestic Mission Board on the subject of Church 
Extension.. 

Elder Thomas G. Rogers was invited to a seat with us. 

The Association made way for the Board. 

Board in session. 

2i o'clock — Association in session. 

The subject of an Associational School was taken up. After freely 
discussing the subj.ect, it was unanimously resolved to have a School of 
high order. 

Adjourned to 9^ o'clock Saturday morning. 

Prayer by Elder Bradford. 



9i o'clock Saturday. 

Prayer by Elder D. B. Ayers. 

Brethren J, W. McLean and Robert McLean, Delegates from the 
Pee Dee Association, were invited to take seats in this body. 



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Bro. Henry Hnggins, from the Welsh Nect Association, was invited 
to a seat with us. 

Committee of Arrangements reported. Report made the order of the 
day. 

The unfinished business of yesterday was called up, viz: the location 
of an Associational School; — when it was determined to locate it at or 
near the Cross Roads, Big Swamp, Columbus County, N. G. A. F. 
Powell, H. Lennon, F. Lennon, J. B. Lennon, Bright Williams, J. A. 
Rozier, R. M. McRackan, E Wishart and James C. Powell, were ap- 
pointed a Board of Trustees, with authority to appoint an agent or 
agents to obtain subscribers, and fully empowered to do whatever they, 
in their discretion, may think necessary in the prosecution of this mat- 
ter, viz: the building up of an Associational School of a high order; and 
the Association stand pledged to sustain them. 

Association adjourned, to make way for the D. M. Board. 

Board in session. 

2^ o'clock P. M. — the Association in session. 

Reports were called for. 

Ministerial Education reported. Report received and ordered to be 
appended to the Minutes. 

Bible Society reported. 

Sabbath School reported. 

Publication Society reported. 

Colportage reported. ' 

All of which were adopted, and their appendage to the Minutes or- 
dered. 

F. Prevatt, B. Freeman and E. Wishart, were appointed a Commit- 
tee to superintend the Colportage system. 

The Baptist State Convention and Temperance Committees failed to 
report. 

Committee on the eztension of Domestic Missions reported. Report 
adopted, and its appendage to the Minutes ordered. 

The Bible funds were paid into the hands of Bro. Bradford, who will 
pay them to the proper person in the Convention. The amounts are as 
follows, viz: Ashpole Bible Society, $6 35; Brier Branch Bible Locie- 
ty, $6 70; Bear Swamp Bible Society, U 80;— $17 85. 

Committees on the following subjects reported; Reports adopted and 
ordered to be appended to the Minutes, viz: 

To appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

To select subjects to write upon. 

To examine Licentiates. 

To audit the Treasurer's Account, — (A. F. Powell and F. LennoDj, 
Committee.) 

J. A. Rozier reported $89 40 as the Minute fund. 

Time was allowed to write Letters to Corresponding Associations,— 
the writers not having a knowledge of their duties in season. 

Resolved, That the Pastors and Ministers supplying Churches, and 
the Itinerants, be requested to lay before the several Churches the pro- 
priety of taking up collections quarterly for Home and Foreign Missions. 

An Executive Committee was appointed, cjnsisting of H. Lennon, 
R. M. McRackan and A, F. Powell, with power to arrange the unfiii'^ 
ishfid business of the Association. 



Tbe Biblical Recorder, the organ of our denonoination in this State, 
is recommended to the Brethren, as being worthy of their patronage 
and a wider circulation than it has heretofore received. 

Bro. Bradford tendered his thanks to the body for the liberality dis- 
played in their donations to Foreign Missions. The amount $90. The 
Dames of the contributors will appear elsewhere, so far as is known. 

The Association to adjourn after tbe 3 o'clock Sermon on to-morrow 
(Sabbath,) to the place and time mentioned. 

The cordial thanks of this body were unanimously tendered to the 
Brethren and friends in this vicinity, for their very kind and hospitable 
entertainment. 

HAYNES LENNON, Moderator. 

ROB'T M. McHACKAN, Clerk. 



Sabbath. 

The weather was unusually fine, and an immense congregation in at* 
tendance. Elder John Mitchell opened the sevices with a Discourse on 
the life and mediation of Christ. Elder J. Bradford followed, with a 
Discourse on the Kingdom of Christ, founded on Dan. ii., 44, 45. Afe 
the close of which a collection was taken up for Domestic and Foreign 
Missions — tbe amount being larger than at any former Session. 

Elder H. McAlpin, after an intermission of thirty minutes, delivered 
the Valedictory Sermon, from Prov. xxv 25. 

The congregation was well composed and manifested more than ordi- 
Dary interest. 

We trust that the seed sown will yet vegetate and bring forth as 
abundant harvest. 



DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 



Friday, 12 o'clock. 

The Board went into session. 

Elder H. Lennon was elected President, and Rob't M. McRaokan, 
Clerk and Treasurer. 

Brethren G-iles Williams, J. Monroe and Benjamin Freeman, were 
appointed a Committee of Finance. 

Reports were called for. 

Elders P. C. Connelly, William Ayers and D. B. Ayers reported. 
Reports received and their appendage to the Minutes ordered. Eider 
W. B. Ballard's Report to be corrected. 

The Executive Coiiimittee made a verbal report, which met the ap- 
probation of the Board. 

The Committee of Finance and Treasurer report on to-morrow the 
amount cf money in hand. 

Elder Wm. Ayers is to be allowed the usual pay for the eight days' 
sickness mentioned in his Report. 

Brethren B. Freeman, J. A. Rozier, E. Wishart, John Monroe, A. 
F. Powell, F. Lennon and Bright Williams, were appointed a Commit*- 
tee to procure the services of a Missionary or Missionaries, and repeat 
on to-morrow. 

Brethren Bright Williams, John Ellis and J. G. Powell, were ap- 
pointed a Committee to audit the Treasurer's account. 

Board adjourned. 

Saturday, 1 o'clock- 

Brother Hughes, of the Springfield Church, paid in five dollars. 

Reports were called for. The Committee appointed to obtain a Mis- 
sionary or Missionaries for the ensuing year, report that they have been 
unable to procure the services of any one. 

The Financial Committee reported that they had received $441 28 
from the Churches. 

The Committee appointed by the Association to confer with the Do- 
mestic Mission Board reported. The Report was received and ordered 
to be appended to the Minutes. 

The Executive Committee is authorized to settle the unfinished busi- 
ness of the Board. . 

Adjourned. 

HAYNES LENNON, Pres't. 

ROB'T M. McRACKAN, Sec'y 



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A.P»FE]SrDIX 



CHURCH EXTENSION. 

^ The Committee to confer with the Domestic Missions Board, relative to 
Church extension, would respectfully suggest the following, viz: That 
the Board shall include in their plan of operations, as Missionary Sta- 
tions, Conwayboro', S. C, Fair Bluif, Maysville, Elizabeth and Russ' 
Still, The most of which being under other influences, and we think 
offer inducements which should receive immediate action. 

F. PREVATT, ] p 

W. J. STANALAND, J ^°^- 

The Report of your Committee to examine Licentiates, is as follows: 
We highly approve of the christian experience, call to the Ministry, 
and doctrinal views of the Brethren sent to us for examination for ordi- 
nation. But under existing circumstances, would recommend, that 
they continue awhile longer as Licentiates. 

AH of which is respectfully submitted. 

P. C. CONNELLY, Chairman. 

COLPORTAGE. 

We are of the opinion, that this branch of our duties has been ne- 
glected, to the great injury of our denomination. Our principles are 
unknown; proper care has not been taken for their dissemination, and 
the little that has been done, is unheeded too often by those who are 
at great pains to call us by such odious epithets as they may think 
proper. 

Truth glories in investigation; it seeks no hiding place; but is ever 
open and only asks for a candid and impartial hearing. Believing that 
our principles will bear a Biblical scrutiny, we feel anxious that a suit- 
able Colporteur, a Minister of the Gospel, should be employed as early 
as practicable, to engage in this interesting work. We feel assured that 
proper reading can be afforded to all; books are being published by our 
denomination, the object and tendency of which is, to enlighten the 
minds of any who will give us an unprejudiced hearing. We have 
long been a "by-word" to the world about us, and have lived solely by 
the force of truth, unaided almost by human efforts; and now, while we 
are having books published, we shall be acting a recreant part if we do 
not seek to disseminate our principles, which, we think, need only to be 
•anderstood, to be admired by all. 

It is a high, and the most honorable calling in life to be a co-worker 
■with God. While He is determined to carry out his own Almighty 
plans. He nevertheless condescends to allow his finite creatures an op- 
portunity of contributing their mites. This thought should inspire and 
renew us to tenfold diligence in unfolding, as we believe, the truth as 
it is in Jesus. Respectfully submitted. 

JAS. C. POWELL. 



DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 
Tour Committee to confer with the Domestic Mission Board, 
would respectfully suggest the following, to-wit: That the Board shall 
include in their plan of operations, as Missionary Stations, Conwayboro', 
Socastee, S. C, and Fair BlufiF, N. C The same being under other in- 
fluences, and we think offer inducements which should receive immedi- 
ate action. 

W. J. ST AN ALAND, , . , 

om. 



F. PRE V ATT, 



I Cor 



REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Deae Brethren: — Your Committee on Sabbath Schools beg leave to 
submit the following: 

The great importance of Sabbath Schools should be known and felt 
by every parent in our glorious land of liberty; and not let them stop 
at the Meeting-House, but should be carried on at our homes when it is 
not convenient to attend one at the Meeting-flouse. We, parents, who 
can see our children sporting over the fields on the Sabbath day, in- 
stead of being engaged in a Sabbath School, in order to learn and hear 
of the true character of God, must live far beneath our privilege. We 
find the minds of the human family are constantly at work, and to keep 
them in a good and healthy state, we must find them with the proper 
kind of food. We are ever mindful of the body, what we shall put on, 
or wherewithal we shall bo clothed; when the mind, that is of such an 
immense value, is so much neglected. It seems that we parents look 
at a Sabbath School as a small matter, but if we would only reflect that 
to start a child to a regular Sabbath School at the age of 7 years, and 
keep him on till he attains to the age of 14 years, he has 1 year, or 
365 days tuition; and if continued until 21 years of age, he will then 
have 2 years tuition; which is more than one half of the amount ob- 
tained by the mass of the people. 

We would here make a suggestion, that the Ministry in our bounds 
impress the subject of Sabbath Schools on the Churches, that they may 
have charge of, and insist on their having them. Let every Church in 
our bounds have a Sabbath School, and we are of opinion, that we 
should not hear of coldness or leanness in our bounds; but we should 
hear of a revival of the religion of the blessed Jesus throughout our 
bounds, and our Missionaries would find a congregation at the Churches 
when they would come to preach the Gospel of the dear Son of G-od. ' 
Our little experience has been that when there has been a well con- 
ducted Sabbath School, there has been more or less a revival of Re- 
ligion in the bounds of the School. Train up a child in the way he 
should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. We find our 
children ready, willing and anxious to learn, but we parents are slow, 
dull and careless. The sin of omission cries hard against us in this one 
particular thing. So let us awake from our lethargy, and betake us to 
this good work. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JAMES A. ROZIER. 

PUBLICATION SOCIETY. 
Dear Brethren: — Your Committee on Publication Societies beg 



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leave to say, that in their opinion the time has come when along 
report on this subject is needless; that the present indications require 
action. Much could be said of the good effect produced in other parts 
of the State, while we share but sparingly of the benefit. Brethren, let 
us do something, then we shall have something on which we can report. 
Respectfully submitted by 

GEO. W. LENNON. 

Persons appointee] to write on the following subjects: 
On Ministerial Education — P. C. Connelly and F. Prevatt. 
" Foreign Missions — D. B Avers and A. F. Powell. 
Bible Societes— Rob't M. McRackao and J. C Powell. 
Sabbath Schools— G. W. Lennon and J. H. Cobb. 
Publication Societies — Wm. Avers and Francis Lennon. 
Colportage — A R. Pitman and J. A. Rozier. 
Baptist State Convention — H. Lennon and (j. W. Hill. 
Temperance — Benj. Freeman and A. F. Powell. 
Extension of Domestic Missions — P. C. Connelly and W. J. Stana- 
land. 



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The Committee of Finance for the Domestic Mission Board report as 
follows: Received from 



Ashpole Church, 


eiO 00 


Shiloh, 


ei7 28 


Antioch, 


15 00 


Wliite Lake, 


12 30 


Big Branch, 


15 00 


Bethel, 


16 00 


Mount Eliara, 


5 00 


Beulah, 


6 00 


Back Swamp, 


11 50 


Union, ) 


30 00 


Saddle Tree, 


10 00 


Beulah, j 


Providence, 


9 50 


Cheerful Hope, 


5 30 


Raft Swamp, 


8 00 


New Britain, 


5 00 


Pleasant Grove, 


5 00 


Shallotte, 


10 00 


Beaver Dam, 


5 00 


Friendship, 


5 00 


Cross Roads, 


15 25 


Cape Fear, 


15 00 


Macedonia, 


5 00 


Cedar Creek, 


15 00 


Iron Hill Cross Roads 


5 00 


Piney Grove, 


5 00 


Mount Tabor, 


5 00 


Orange Street, 


15 00 


Pleasant Plains, 


15 00 


Bear Swamp, 


10 00 


Porter Swamp, 


16 00 


Little River, 


5 00 


Pleasant Hill, 


10 00 


Spring Branch, 


10 00 


Seven Creeks, 


5 00 


Russ's Still, 


8 00 


Mount Sinai, 


5 00 


H. McAlpin, 


1 00 


White Marsh, 


1 41 


Bryan's Chapel, 


10 00 


Western Prong, 


25 00 


P. C. Connelly, 


5 00 


Beaver Dam, (Columbus,) 


10 00 


Springfield, 


5 00 


Shady Grove, 


3 75 


Am't in hands of Treasurer, 45 74 


Brier Branch, 


5 00 








Hickory Grove, 


10 00 




$487 03 



Respectfully submitted. 



B. FREEMAN. 



Your Committee which was appointed by the last meeting of this 
body, to investigate a complaint made by P. P. Jenrett, of the Seven 



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Creeks Churct, report, that they have visited said Church, and have 
endeavored to give it a fair and impartial trial, and unanimously come 
to the following decision: That they concur in the decision of the 
Church, and find Bro. Jenrett in error; who, after being counselled 
by the Committee, made acknowledgements that were accepted by the 
Church, and was restored to its fellowship. 

G. W. HILL, Chm'n. 

REPORT OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY. 

The Bible is the best of books. It is the will of God to a lost and 
ruined world, — the polar star by which we steer our course "to Canaan's 
fair and happy land," the haven of eternal rest. This all important 
volume teaches us the true and only way by which fallen man is re- 
deemed from sin, and reconciled to God. 

This book is independent of all others; no volume on the subject of 
religion can be correct unless the unperverted truths of the Bible are 
tpken as its basis. This is the law of God concerning us, and when all 
other bonks shall have been destroyed, this shall remain, — by it we 
shall be judged in the day of the final reckoning. While we deplore 
the lamentable condition to which the societies of men (falsely called 
Churches) are reduced, by following the directions of men, we rejoice 
that the Bible is the book of Baptists. Under these circumstances it 
well becomes us to do all we can to difi'use the knowledge of this sacred 
volume among all the nations of the Earth. 
Respectfully submitted. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

The cause of Missions commends its claim to every child of God. 
The great Captain of our salvation came from Heaven to Earth on the 
mission of redemption for Adam's lost race. Not only setting the ex- 
ample, but his last command to bis disciples was, "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the gospel to every creature." This duty is binding 
on every believer Id Jesus, who feels an interest in the Kingdom and 
glory of Christ 

Again, the social condition of the heathen requires ua to send them 
the Gospel. Their females are treated with cruelty and brutality, 
while all classes are debased by superstition and idolatry, thus groping 
in darkness on the road to eternal death! And shall not the cry that 
comes to us from seven hundred millions of perishing souls enter into 
our ears and move our hearts to aid them by sending the lamp of God's 
word to illumine their darkness? We have self-denying brethren ia 
China and Africa who are looking to us for support, and shall they look 
in vain? No! No! is the response of every lover of Jesus. They shall 
be remembered in our prayers and contributions. The blessed Bible 
must be translated into every language, that every tribe and nation 
may learn Messiah's name. 

A Digest of the State of Religion in the Association^ as indicated hy 

the Church Letters. 
Antioch — As usual sends pleasing intelligence. She has preaching 
two days in each month, with a steady increase in numbers, and a 
hearty desire after more of the bread of life. Has a Bible Class. El- 
der H. Lenuon is Pastor. 



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Asbpole — Has a pleasant state of things existing. She has had an 
increase of 22 members. Elder Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 

Back Swamp — Is in an interesting state. Elder P. C. Connelly ia 
Pastor. 

Bear Swamp — Has a Bible Society, and makes, to the christian, a 
most pleasing appearance. Elder Wm. Ayers is Pastor 

Beaver Dam, (Bladen) — Complains of coldness, notwithstanding she 
has had a small increase. Elder Wm. B. BuUard, Pastor. 

Beaver Dim, (Columbus) — Has a Sabbath School daring the Spring 
and Summer months, and she has had a revival in her midst, which re- 
joices their hearts and others. Elder A. M. Noble is Pastor. 

Big Branch — Has a Bible Class. The congregations are generally 
large and attentive, and she is hoping that good will result from a faith- 
fully preached Gospel. Elder Haynes LenBon is Pastor. 

Brier Branch — Has a flourishing Bible Society, and thinks that ap- 
pearances betoken good. Elder Wm. Ayers is Pastor. 

Bryan's Chapel — Is just received. She is under the pastoral care of 
Elder G. W. Lennon. 

Cross Roads — Has had peace and harmony, with some small excep- 
tions. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Concord — Speaks of appearances as indicating good. Elder R. Fisher 
is Pastor. 

Cheerful Hope — Is in peace and has had some small increase. Elder 
George W. Lennon is Pastor. 

Cape Fear — Uninteresting. Elder H. McAlpin is Pastor. 

Cedar Creek — Says ihe Lord is reviving his work. Elder P. C. Con- 
nelly is Pastor. 

Hickory Grove — Is in peace. Elder F, Prevatt is Pastor, 

Macedonia, (Columbus) — Has had a small revival. Elder Z. Bul- 
lock is Pastor. 

Macedonia, (S. C.) — Has nothing special to communicate. Elder Z. 
Bullock is Pastor. 

Mt. Tabor — Has had a revival, and has a flourishing Sabbath School. 
Elder John Harrelson is Pastor. 

Magnolia — Has just been constituted. She has had the labors of 
Elders McAlpin and Fisher. 

Mt. Sinai — Is in a happy condition, having had lately a gracious re- 
vival. Elder D. J. Ray is Pastor. 

Mt. Eliam — Attributes her improved condition to her Pastor, Elder 
F. Prevatt. 

Mt. Pisgah — Has been long in a cold and barren state, but feels from 
late in-lications that good is in store for her. Elder J. Harrelson, Pastor. 

Lumbcrton — Is making no advances. She has been visited by 
Preachers occasionally, and has had, as a Supply, the services of Elder 
Elias D. Johnson, who kindly volunteered his services. 

New Britain — Is rejoicing in what has taken place among them this 
year. The coldness hitherto manifested has been succeeded by a feel- 
ing characteristic of the followers of the Lamb. Elder Joel Bennet is 
Pastor. 

Orange St. — Has had sore trials to encounter, nevertheless the signs 
of the times portend good. She has a flourishing Sabbath School. El- 
der A. Paul Repiton is Pastor. 



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Porter Swamp — Is in a good condition. Elder H. Lennon is Pastor. 

Pleasant Plains — Has just had an interesting protracted meeting, 
and feels to rejoice in the opening prospect Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor, 

Providence — Communicates nothing special. Elder J. H. Cobb, Pastor. 

Piney Grove — Is in peace, yet complains of their unprosperous con- 
dition. She longs for more vitality. Elder A. Hall is Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove — Uninteresting. Elder Elias D. Johnson is Pastor. 

Pleasant Hill — Is endeavoring to fight the good fight of faith, by 
meeting her difficulties manfully. Elder D. J. Ray is Pastor. 

Raft Swamp — Has had a precious season, in which the membership 
were greatly encouraged to press onward "towards the mark of their 
high calling in Christ." Elder F. Prevatt is Pastor. 

Rockfish — Is rejoicing in consequence of a glorious revival. 

Shiloh — Is in an improving condition. Elder W. E. BuUard is Pastor. 

Spring Branch — Unimportant. Elder P. C. Connelly, Pastor. 

Shady Grove — Possesses a right spirit. She is a young Church, and 
will doubtless do good to all about her. She has had, as Supply, El- 
der Cashwell, but is at present without. 

Saddle Tree — Is in peace, with some small exceptions. Elder P. 
Prevatt is Pastor. 

Shallotte — Is in a most lamentable condition. 

Union — Is in a prosperous condition. Elder D. B. Ayers, Pastor. 

White Marsh — Is in peace. Elder Z. Bullock, Supply. 

White Lake — Has had to resort to discipline, but feels that a good 
state is now existing. Elder Wm. B. Bullard is Pastor. 

Western Prong — Is stationary. Elder G- W. Hill is Pastor. 

Seven Creeks — Has nothing cheering. Elder W. M. Mints, Pastor. 

Friendship — Is in peace. Elder T. G. Rogers is Pascor. 

Bethel — Uninteresting. Without a Pastor. 

Beulah — Has had some small additions. D. B. Ayers is Pastor, 

Little River — Is in peace. Elder T. G. Rogers is Pastor. 

Springfield — Is unimportant. Without a Pastor. 

Iron Hill X Roads — Is in a lukewarm state. Elder G. W. Hill is 
their Supply. ^ 

Honey Camp — Is in peace and harmony. Elder Z. Bullock is Pastor. 

Names of Churches and persons contributing to Bro. Bradford, Agent 
for Foreign Missions, so far as could be ascertained. 



Gray's Creek, 


$15 00 


Hugh McAlpin, 


S2 00 


Wm. Ayers, 


5 


00 


Giles Williams, 


5 00 


G. W. Lennon, 


2 


00 


Wm. Butler, 


1 00 


D. T. HoUingsworth, 


1 


00 


John E. Lennon, 


4 00 


N. Martin, 


1 


00 


Bright Williams, 


4 00 


F. Prevatt, 


1 


00 


D. B. Ayers, 


1 00 


G. W. Hill, 




50 


Needham Stephens, 


50 


J. Thompson, 


2 


00 


C. Williams, 


1 00 


W. B. Bullard, 


1 


00 


D. W. McGougan, 


1 00 


P. C. Connelly, 


1 


00 


D. B. Melvin, 


2 00 


Arthur Melvin, 


5 


00 


W. J. Stanaland, 


1 00 


T. W. Swain, 


2 


00 


R. Woodsides, 


50 


J. Stanaland, 


1 


00 


Jas. Prevatt, 


1 00 


Joseph Thompson, 


1 


00 







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MISSIONARY REPORTS. 

Dear Brethren: Since our last AssociatioD, I have to some extent 
endeavored to comply with the promise I made in regard to riding as 
your Missionary. The diflSculties in my way have been of such a seri- 
ous nature that I have done but little, though I am happy to say that 
the Lord has blessed and assisted me more or less in my feeble attempts 
to advance His cause and kingdom. Kind brethren have cheered me 
on my way, and I trust the smiles of Heaven have rested on my labors. 
I had the pleasant task of baptising twenty-five converts to Christ, I 
have been in the field fifty days, but on account of disappointments I 
report only forty. 

The amount of money kindly contributed was $5 75, and my expen- 
ses were S4. Respectfully submitted by 

P. C. CONNELLY, Itinerant Missionary. 

REPORT OF D. B. AYERS. 

Dear Brethren: I have endeavored to occupy the field of labor as- 
signed me by the Executive Committee to the best of my ability, since 
the first of April. There has been much to discourage me during the 
progress of ray labors, but not without some prospect of success. I have 
been engaged as a Missionary about one hundred and twelve days; 
preached one hundred and fifteen sermons; baptized thirty-four, and re- 
ceived a few others by letter. I hope, dear Brethren, that the cause 
will advance, and that you may be able to send out laborers, where their 
eflTorts will be more abundantly blessed. Respectfully submitted by 

D. B. AYERS, It. Mis. 

REPORT OF WM. AYERS. 

Beloved Brethren: I have to the best of my ability, given the ser- 
vices I promised to the Board, from the fourth to the second Sabbath 
in each month, and have done my utmost in setting forth the doctrines 
of the Bible in support of Missions, and although there is much oppo- 
sition, and some have departed from us (because they were not of us,) 
I believe it will finally result in our good, for we are told that "all 
things work together for good to them that lotf/e God." 

I travelled for the Board ninety-one days, having lost eight days by 
sickness, so that I could not meet all of my appointments. I visited 
thirty-seven Churche? and Stations within the limits of the Association, 
-^held three protracted meetings, and have heard christians tell of their 
growth in grace; mourners have been comforted, and some professed con- 
version. Twenty-seven were baptized. Although the additions to the 
Church have not been as great this year as formerly, yet I think the 
amount of good done, is equal to that of past years. I hope that all 
who travel for the Board will be earnest and faithful in setting forth 
the true doctrines of the blessed Bible, and that Baptists will be Bap- 
tists in principle as well as in profession. I now offer my thanks to the 
brethren and friends for their kind treatment of me from the beginning 
to the end of my labors in the Association, and may the Lord bless and 
gave us all for the Redeemer's sake. Amen. 

W. AYERS, It. Mis. 

REPORT OP W. B. BULLARD. 

Dear Brethren: Since the last Association, I have endeavored trt ful- 
fil the task assigned me by your honorable body, as an Itinerant, Mis- 



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Sionary. 1 commenced traveling for the Board the 12th of February, 
and until the change in the Board only failed in one appointment. 
Since then my labors have been principally confined among the desti- 
tute, and often has my heart been gladdened by the kindness of friends, 
and I have been made to rejoice in the hope that my poor labors have 
received the blessing of our Heavenly Father. I have been in the field 
about a hundred and ten days, preached as many sermons, and baptized 
sixteen persons. 

I received for the Board the sum of S18 53, of which $17 28 was 
subscribed by the Shiloh Church. I have been at no expense for travel- 
ing. And now, brethren, accept my thanks for the confidence you have 
reposed in me as one of your Missionaries, and to kind friends who have 
cheered me on the way. Submitted by 

W. B. BULLABD. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Your Committee would most respectfully recommend the republica- 
tion of the report prepared by Eld. Haynes Lennon, and adopted by 
this body at its session in 1853, viz: 

The perpetuity of the christian ministry as a distinct class or order of 
men, who are especially required to devote all their energies, talents and 
time, to the work of preaching the Gospel, is as clearly the teaching of 
the Holy Scriptures, as that it is their duty to pray or to repent of sin. 
Their duties in every particular, and their qualifications in general, as 
also their identity with the Kingdom of Christ, are specifically laid 
down in the New Testament. 1. They are called of God, "No man 
taketh this honor to himself but he that is called of God, as was 
Aaron." "As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." "Go ye, 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghostj teaching them to ob- 
serve all things whatsoever I have commanded youj and lo, I am with 
you always, even unto the end of the world." 2. They are to relin- 
quish all secular pursuits. "No man that warreth entangleth himself 
with the afi^airs of this life, that he may please him who hath chosen 
him to be a soldier. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly 
to them, that thy profiting may appear to all." 3. Their temporal 
support is to be contributed by those who are taught in the word. "So 
hath the Lord ordained, that they who preach the Gospel shall live of 
the Gospel. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great 
thing that we shall reap your carnal things?" 4. Their subjective re- 
lation to the churches is of special appointment. "I certify you, 
brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man, 
' for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the re- 
velation of Jesus Christ." "Who hath saved us, and called us with a 
holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own pur- 
pose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world 
began; but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus 
Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortal- 
ity to light through the gospel; whereunto I am appointed a Preacher; 
and an Apostle and a Teacher of the Gentiles." 5. Their objective ap- 
pointment is the sanction of a Presbytery. "Thou shouldst set in order 
the things that are Wanting, and ordain Elders in every city as I had 



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appointed thee. When they had ordained them Elders in every church, 
and had prayed, with fasting, they commended them to the Lord on 
whom they believed. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was 
given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the Pres- 
bytery." 6. Their relations to the churches are official — they are 
teachers. "God hath set some in the church; first, Apostles; secondly, 
Prophets; thirdly, Teachers; after that, miracles, then gifts of healing, 
helps, governments, diversities of tongues. He gave some Apostles, 
some Prophets, some Evangelist?, and some Pastors and Teachers, for 
the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edi- 
fying of the body of Christ." They are also made rulers or overseers. 
«Let the Elders that rule well, be counted worthy of double honor, es- 
pecially they who labor in word and doctrine. Obey them that have 
the rule over you and submit yourselves, for they watch for your souls 
as they that must give account." Thus the official and appointed re- 
lationships which exist between the churches and the ministry, are con- 
clusively settled upon such fundamental principles as must underlie all 
correct views of the office and work of the ministry, and of the qualifi- 
cations necessary to those who would enter it. 

This dispensation, the inspired Paul committed only "to faithful men, 
who were able to teach others also." Such were his conscientious 
scruples about the self-sufficiency and vanity of men for office, that he 
most solemnly protests against elevating to the office of Bishop, any who 
could not produce testimonials of unblemished moral character, and 
mental qualifications for such a holy calling. "Let them be tried; not 
a novice; not given to wine; not covetous; but sober, of good beha-siour; 
given to hospitality; apt to teach; ruling well his own house, having his 
children in subjection." 

With these facts before us, the minister of Christ is placed in a most 
solemn and responsible position before the church and the world; the. 
former to be defended and sustained; the latter to be subdued and over- 
come, that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdom of our 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Who is sufficient for these things? 
Doubtless every minister present feels his inadequacy, and exclaims 
with good Jeremiah, "I am a child!" yet, with Nehemiah, feels that he 
"is doing a great work and cannot come down." But in connection 
with their labors, they feel greatly the want of a better education. As 
they have learned so they communicate, and if defective, must be laden 
with error, defeating its own end, however good. 

There are no external aids or influences that will compensate igno- 
rance or imbecility. We do not mean that he is not fitted for his work 
and aided in it by the Holy Spirit: but that the Holy Spirit never so 
fits and aids a man as to dispense with the exercise of his own faculties 
and affections, nor does it communicate directly any knowledge to the 
mind. The Holy Spirit never teaches the art of pronunciation, nor the 
definition of words. Knowledge must be acquired by the minister of 
the gospel through the same methods as by the ungodly. The theolo- 
gian must learn by the same processes as the philosopher. No man in 
the ministry more than elsewhere can exercise any powers which he 
does not naturally possess, nor communicate anything which he has not 
by ordinary processes learned. Yet, we are aware there seems to be an 
impression on many minds that a minister may expect some sort of 



supernatural aid in acquiring or communicating trutb, which it would 
be presumption in an orator or lecturer to expect. That in reliance 
upon this kind of aid he may somewhat modify, if not dispense with 
preparatory studies or mental labor. The Spirit of God does not so 
operate. That He aids, enlightens, even suggests, is all true, but he 
<3oes this in the line of his own mental and spiritual activities, not with- 
out them. The man who without study or thought, tells us that he 
casts himself directly upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and 
means to utter only that which is supernaturally communicated to him, 
is likely to express such thoughts, in such forms, as would degrade even 
an ordinarily intelligent mind, and such as are characteristic, not of di- 
vine wisdom, but of his own unmistakable ignorance, presumption and 
folly. It is an insult to the Holy Spirit to attribute the emptiness of 
an ignorant or indolent mind to His inspirations, or to make His pro- 
mised aids an excuse for leaving the mind unfurnished and inactive. 
The cultivation of this mind is what we are seeking — its preparation 
and adaptedness to the work of the gospel ministry, so as rightly to 
"divide the word of truth," and "shew itself approved unto God." 
Such is the character of mind that it may be made to explore the celes- 
tial regions, fathom the mysteries of Providence, and develope the re- 
sources of the natural world. What are the mighty steamers that play 
upon the ocean's bosom — the engines on the railway — the magnetic 
telegraph extending across our mighty land, but the concentrated ener- 
gies of mind reduced to practical purposes! But in religion a variety 
of circumstances may concur to repress the active tendencies of the 
mind; but let the gospel obtain admission into it, and from that mo- 
ment the most torpid specimen of humanity is quickened into a new 
mental as well as moral life. Even the mind which was previously 
alive and vigorous, becomes conscious of a new impulse to activity, and 
a new sphere in which to spend it. The Bible becomes his law, and 
the Holy Spirit his interpreter. It at once creates light and courts it. 
Not only does it extol knowledge as a glory, but commands us to seek 
it as a most sacred duty. But if Christianity thus awakens the mental 
and moral activity of man, and if the education we advocate consists in 
sustaining that activity and directing it aright, the desirableness of such 
education is no longer a doubtful question; settled, by no arbitration of 
ours, but by the predeterminate consent of Him who gave- to our men- 
tal constitution its activity, and to the Bible the power of arousing that 
activity. Unless, therefore, we do violence to the mind, education to 
some extent becomes a religious necessity. And if education be thus 
desirable for every inquiring christian mind, how much more important 
must it be for the man of God, whose commission is "to testify the gos- 
pel of the grace of God," and "to show unto men the way of salvation!" 
No angel ever came from heaven on so mighty an errand as theirs, but 
His ambassadors are sent to open the eyes of a guilty world, turn them 
from darkness to light, "and the power of Satan unto God," "that they 
might receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among them which 
are sanctified by faith in Christ." Their aim is nothing less than to 
rescue guilty and depraved, yet immortal beings, from the lowest hell, 
and conduct them to the heaven of heavens, to transform them from the 
resemblance of the devil, into the image of the invisible God. "And 
when all the labors of other professors will be annihilated; when the 
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finest paintings, the sublimest statues, the most durable monuments, 
the pyramids of Egypt; when the immortal works (so are they called) 
of philosophers, legislators, historians, poets, shall be consumed, and 
the earth and all that is therein shall be burnt up, the effects of their 
tears, and studies, and visiting, and praying, and preaching, shall re- 
main." 

In conclusion, what is the condition of our churches? How long 
must they remain in their present destitution? Will they not pray that 
more laborers be sent into the vineyard? And when the Lord shall 
send them in, shall they be permitted to follow the secular business of 
life, or occupy the vineyard until the Lord shall come? With an im- 
proving age — an onward march of intellect — shall the ministry be in 
the rear, or compelled to take lessons from the pew? We are persuaded 
that the day is at hand that will possess every minister in our Asso- 
ciation with a good English education, and would suggest that some 
plan be devised by this body, to effect such object. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

A. PAUL KEPITON, Chm'n. 



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Robert M. McRachdn, Treasurer, in accL ivith Cape Tear Baptist 

Association. 
1857. 

Oct. To amt. sent up by Churches for Asso. Fund, $89 40 

" Sabbath collection for Missions; 76 12 





S16.5 52 


1867. CONTRA. 




Oct. Paid Eld. J". Bradford, 


$9 00 


" Clerk, 


20 00 


" Printing these Minutes, 


65 00 


« To D. M. Board of C. F. A. 


71 52 




$165 52 



llespectfully submitted. 

ROBT. M. McRACKAN, Tr. 

Roht. M. McRackaii, Treasurer, in acct. loitJi Domestic 3Iission Board 

of Cape Fear Baptist Association. 
1857. 

Oct. To amt. remaining in Treasury last year, $45 74 

" " contributed by Churches and individuals, 441 29 

" " rec'd from Treasurer of C. P. Association, 71 52 



1857. CONTRA. 

Oct. Paid P. C. Connelly, 
Wm. Ayers, 
W. B. Bullard, 
D. B. Ayers, 
Bal. in Tr's hands. 

Respectfully submitted. 

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OKDAINED MINISTERS' NAMES. 



Ayers, William 
Aters, D. B. 
Bennett, Joel 
bullard, w. b. 
Bullock, Z. 
Davis, Elias 
Dusenbubt, S. 
Connelly, P. C. 
Fisher, Reuben 
Hall, Averitt 
Hill, Geo. W. 
honrine, j. t. 
Lennon, G. W. 
Lennon, Haynes 
Noble, A. M. 
Ray, D. J. 
Repiton, a. Paul 
Pkevatt, Eurney 
Stone, Isham 
Johnson, E. D. 
Habrelson, John 
Sessums, R. M. 
Smith, Thoma^s 



Eloj^dsville, Marion District, S. C. 
Little River, Horry District, S. C. 
Beach's P. O., Columbus County, N. C. 
Leesville, Robeson Countj^, N. C. 
Fair Bluff, Columbus County, N. C. 
Lumberton, Robeson County, N. C. 
Buckville, Horry District, S. C. 
Montpelier, Richmond County, N. C. 
Harrison's Creek, Cumberland Co., N. C. 



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Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N. C. 
Robeson's P. 0., Brunswick County, N. C. 
Big Swamp, Columbus County, N. C. 
Fair Bluff, 
Whiteville, 
"Wilmington, New Hanover County, N. C. 
Lumberton, Robeson County, N. C. 



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Brj^an's Swamp, Bladen County, N. C. 
Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 



LICENSED MINISTERS' NAMES. 



Bullock, Noel 
Lennon, J. P. 
Gore, David N. 
Smith, Ezekiel 
Smith, Joab 
West, W. C. 



Floydsville, Marion District, S. C. 
Robeson's P. O., Brunswick County, N. C. 
Whiteville, Columbus County, N. 0. 
Robeson's P. O., Brunswick County, N. C. 
Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 
Rockfish, Cumberland County, N. C. 



/ ;• 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FIFTY--FOURTH SESSIOJf 



OF THE 



0_A,r»E FEA.R 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD AT 

THE ASHPOLE CHURCH, 

ROBESON COUJvTY, N. C, 

October 23, 24, 25 and 26, 1858. 



FAYETTE VILLE: 
PRINTED BY EDWARD J. HALE & SON. 

1858. 



MINUTES. 



Saturday, Oct. 23, 1858. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appointment, 
by Elder Haynes Lennon, from Ephesians, 5tli chapter, 1st and 2d ver- 
ses: ''Be ye therefore followers of Grod as dear children: And walk in 
love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an of- 
fering and a sacrifice to Grod for a sweet smelling savour." 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association was called 
to order by the Moderator, and the Divine direction invoked by Elder 
Jesse Rogers. 

A majority of the Churches being represented, the Association pro- 
ceeded to business. 

Appointed Brethren Eli Wishart, R. S. Moore and Bright Williams, 
a Committee of Finance. 

After the reading of Letters and recording the names of Delegates, 
the Officers were elected, viz: Elder Haynes Lennon, Moderator; Ben- 
jamin Freeman, Clerk and Treasurer; and Thomas L. Vail, Assistant 
Clerk. 

The Letter from the Shallotte Church was laid upon the table for 
future consideration. 

Newly constituted Churches were now called for; when Salem, of 
Horry District, South Carolina, presented herself by Letter and Dele- 
gates, and was received as a member of this body. 

An invitation was extended to Corresponding Associations; when the 
Welsh Neck Association, by her Messengers, Brethren A. H. David, 
Gr. W. Reaves, John H. Toler and Henry Huggins, presented them- 
selves with Letter, and the right hand of fellowship extended to them. 

The Pee Dee Association also presented a Letter and a package of 
her Minutes, by her Messengers, Brethren Duncan Monroe and D^iel 
Monroe. 

Appointed Brethren B. Freeman, Eli Wishart, Bright Williams, Ew- 
en Johnson and Joseph Thompson, a Committee to supply the Stage. 

Elders H. Lennon and J. H. Cobb, and Brethren 13. Freeman and 
T. L. Vail, were appointed a Committee of Arrangements. 

Brethren Isham Pitman, A. R. Pitman, Moses Warwick, D. D. Grunn 
and Elias Mitchell, were appointed a Committee of Vigilance. 

Elder Jesse Rogers was appointed to preach on to-morrow, at lOJ 
o' clock A. M. 

Elders H. Lennon, D. J. Ray, Wm. B. Bullard and Brother R. M. 
McRackan, who were appointed a Committee at the last Session of 
this body to examine into the unhappy difficulty existing in the Shal- 
lotte Church, reported. Report received and the Committee discharged. 

The Association then entered into the following resolutions: 

Resolved, unanimously. That this Association fully sustain the ac- 
tion and decision of the Council sent to Shallotte Church, as set forth 
ia the Minutes of their proceedings 



Resolved, That in our opinion said Church has treated our Council 
with contempt. 

Resolved, further, That it is the duty of this Association to with- 
draw from said Church during her defection. 

Ordered, that a package of the Minutes of this body be sent to said' 
Church. 

Adjourned until 9 J o'clock Monday morning. 

Prayer by Elder Jordan H. Cobb. 

Sabbath, Oct. 24. 

The weather was fine and there was a large assemblage of persons at 
an early hour. ^ 

At 10 2" o'clock Elder Jesse Rogers opened the services, from a dis- 
course founded on a part of the 11th verse of the 33d chapter of Eze- 
kiel: "For why will ye die?" 

Elder P. C. Connelly, according to previous appointment, then ad- 
dressed the congregation, from the 12th chapter and a part of tke 15th 
Terse of St. Luke: "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of 
covetousness." After which a collection was taken up in aid of Mis- 
sions. 

After an intermission of some twenty minutes. Elder H. Lennon 
preached from the 9th chapter, 28th and 29th verses of Hebrews: "And 
as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them 
that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto 
salvation." 

The congregation was very large and quite attentive to the Word, 
and we trust that the seed sown will yet vegetate and bring forth fruit 
to the glory of our Heavenly Father. 

The Blacks having at a suitable distance erected a Stand for their 
own especial benefit, were addressed by Elders J. H. Cobb, Gr. TV. Hill 
and E. D. Johnson. Much interest was manifested-in this department 
of the congregation. A collection was also taken up from among the 
blacks. 

Monday, Oct. 25. 

The Association met according to adjournment. 

After reading portions of the sacred Scriptures by the Moderator, 
and singing, the Divine blessing was invoked by Elder D. B. Ayres. 

The Committee of Arrangements reported. Report made the order 
of the day. 

An invitation was extended to Corresponding Brethren and Ministers 
of this Association, who were not Delegates, to seats with us, when El- 
der Jesse Rogers came forward and took a seat. 

Whereas, it appearing to the satisfaction of the Association, that the 
Church known as Bryan's Chapel was received at the last Association 
as a member of this body, and the fact of her being received having 
been omitted to be inserted in the Minutes, it is now ordered, that this 
fact be set forth in these Minutes. 

Brethren Alva Smith, John Gr. Powell and Carey Bullock, were ap- 
pointed an Auditing Committee. 



Elders Wm. B. BuUard aud Wm. Ayres, and Brot'uer R. M. Mc- 
.Rackan, were appointed a Committee to select Messengers and nomi- 
nate Brethren to write Letters to Correspoadino; Associations. 

Elders P. 0. Connelly, G. W. Hill, D. B. Ayres and Jesse Rogers, 
were appointed a Couiiaittee to examine C>indidates for Ordiuatio n. 

Agreed that the next Session of the Association be held with the 
Western Prong Church, commencing at IO2 o'clock A. M. on Saturday 
before the 4th Sabbath in October 1859; and that Elder D. B. Ayres 
preach the Introductory Sermon, and Elder Wra. Ayres be the Alter- 
nate. Elder H. Lennon to preach at 10 o'clock A. M. on Sunday, and 
Elder P. G. Conuelljf to be the Alternate. (Subject, Close Communion.) 
Elder William Ayres to preach at 12 o'clock, and Elder J. H. Cobb 
be the Alternate. Elder A. Paul Repiton to close the exercises with 
a Sermon on Adoption. 

Agreed to have 2000 copies of the Minutes printed. 

Forty dollars is allowed the Clerk for preparing, superintending the 
printing, and distributing, of the Minutes. 

The Associational School was made the order for 12 o'clock to-morrow. 

■^ On application of the Churches at Cedar Creek, Magnolia, Concord, 

Piney Grove, Rockfish and Cape Fear, in Cumberland County, and 

Providence, in Robeson County, for Letters of Dismission, they were 

i;ranted them to form a new Association. 

The Association made way for the Domestic Mission Board. [For 
proceedings, see under this head.] 

The Association resumed business at Si o'clock P. M. 

Called for the Reports on the different subjects specified in the Mi- 
nutes of last Session. 

The Committee on Ministerial Education reported. Report received 
and ordered to be appended to the Minutes. 

Report on Colportage received, and ordered to be appended to the 
Minutes. 

Elder William Ayres, who was appointed at last Ses.sion to report oa 
Publication Societies, was allowed until next Session to make I'eport. 

Adjourned until to-morrow, 9i o'clock A. M. Prayer by Brother Wil- 
liam C. West. 

Tuesday, Oct. 26. 

Met according to adjournment. # 

Reading a portion of the Scriptures by the Moderator, and the sing- 
ing a Hymn, the Divine direction was invoked by Brother Ezekiel Smith. 

The Committee of Arrangements reported. 

Report received and made the order of the day. 

Report on the Baptist State Convention made, and its appendage to 
the Minutes ordered. 

Report of the Committee on Temperance made, and its appendage to 
the Minutes ordered. 

Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. [_See Apjjendix'] 

The Committee of Finance reported §96 65 sent up by the Churches 
for the Minute Fund, when an appeal was made to the Brethren present 
to make the amount 8100, which was readily responded to. 



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Resolved, That Brother Joseph Thompson has and is entitled to the 
hearty thanks of this body for generously granting to Brother F. A. 
Belcher, a Beneficiary at Wake Forest College, the privilege of one 
year's tuition in right of his scholarship. 

The subject of the Associational School was taken up, when it was 
agreed that Five Trustees be appointed for the ensuing year, to-wit: 
Elder Haynes Lennon, Brethren R. M. McRackan, Alva Smith, Bright 
Williams and William T. Frink. And that the said Trustees hold their 
first Meeting at Cross Roads Church, Columbus County, on Saturday 
before the third Sabbath in November next. And the said Trustees 
are hereby authorized and empowered to appoint an Agent or Agents to 
obtain subscriptions in aid of this great enterprize, and do whatever 
they in their discretion may think necessary in the prosecution of the 
matter, viz: The building up of an Associational School of high order, 
and the Association stand pledged to sustain them. 

The Committee to nominate Messengers to Corresponding Asso- 
ciations reported. ^See Ajjpendix.'} 

Appointed the following Delegates to the Baptist State Convention; 
to-wit: Elder H. Lennon, B. Freeman, T. L. Vail, R. M. McRackan, 
Daniel Stanaland, W. J. Stanaland, Jacob Thompson, Joseph Thomp- 
son, W. T. Frink, John Frink, Elder A. Paul Repiton, R. S. Townsend, 
Elder W. B. Billiard, Elder Gr. W. Lennon, Francis Lennon, Elder 
Isham Stone, A. R. Pitman, R. M. C. Parker, Eli Wishart, D. W. 
McGougan, Elder J. H. Cobb, Elder G. W. Hill, Elder F. Prevatt, W. 
C. West, Elder W. Ayres, Elder P. C. Connelly, John G. Sutton, 
Arthur Melvin, William Ilollingsworth, D. T. Hollingsworth, Elder 
James Cashwell, John Monroe, W. H. Melvin, John B. Thompson, H. 
T. Pope, James Blount, R. S. Moore, Bright Williams, Giles Williams, 
Elder R. M. Sessoms, Elder E. J). Johnson. 

The claims of the Biblical Recorder were ably set forth by the Mode- 
rator — a hearty response to the call for its support was made by a very 
handsome list of new subscribers. 

The following Resolutions were passed and ordered to be appended to 
the Minutes: 

On motion, Resolved, That the Biblical Recorder, the organ of our 
denomination in this State, is hereby recommended to our Brethren as 
being worthy of their patronage and a wider circulation than it has 
heretofore received. 

Resolved, That^he Tennessee Baptist, published by Messrs. Graves, 
Dayton & Pendleton, Nashville, Tenn., is a fearless defender of the 
faith of the Baptist, and worthy of our individual support. 

The Association made way for a Meeting of the Domestic Mission 
Board. 

After the settlement of the business of the Board the Associatiou 
again convened. 

Agreed to raise a Committee on Publications, viz: Haynes Lennon, 
Francis Lennon, T. S. Memory, T. L. Vail and B. Freeman, whose 
duty shall be to establish a Depository at Elder H. Lennon's of such 
denominational works as they shall deem most advisable for the present,, 
employ such agencies, whether local or traveling, as experience and 



necessity may require, and for facilitating such enterprize this Asso- 
ciation hereby obligates itself to endorse a capital of two hundred and 
fifty dollars as a basis upon which to commence operations. 

Brother Eli Wishart offered the following Preamble and Resolutions 
which were unanimously adopted: 

Whereas: There has been a move aid a Board of Directors appointed 
to take into consideration the subject of Sabbath School Literature, and 
the publishing of Books for the same, and the same having met with 
considerable opposition, — Therefore, 

Resolved, By this Association, that we are in favor of said Organi- 
zation and will give it our hearty support. 

2d Resolved, That the Clerk be instructed to send a copy of this to 
Elder A. C. Dayton or Elder J. R. Graves, Nashville, Tennessee. 

The claims of Wake Forest College were presented before the body 
in a very able and forcible manner by the Moderator and other Breth- 
ren, and especially to that department that relates to our Beneficiaries. 
And upon a call for aid to that object the following voluntary contri- 
butions were made, viz: 



Elder H. Lennon, 


$5 00 


Bro 


R. P. Marlow, 


$1 00 


" W. Ayrcs, 


5 


00 


a 


R. S. Moore, 


1 00 


Bro. R. M. McRackan, 


5 


00 


li 


R. M. C. Parker, 


1 00 


•' Alva Smith, 


5 


00 


(( 


Atlas Carliles, 


1 00 


" W. T. Frink, 


5 


00 


u 


William Hughes, 


1 00 


" T. L, Vail, 


5 


00 


u 


James Prevatt, 


1 00 


'' R. S. Townsend, 


5 


00 


Elder W. B. Bullard, 


1 00 


'• B. Williams, 


5 


00 


Bro 


Ewen pJohnson, 


1 00 


" J. a. Powell, 


5 


00 


a 


Charles Bullock, 


1 00 


Elder Jesse Rogers, 


1 


00 


■ u 


Elias Mitchell, 


1 00 


. '•' P. C. Connelly, 


1 


00 


u 


Samuel Frink, 


1 00 


Bro. D. T. Hollingsworth, 


2 


00 


a 


Elias J. Horn, 


1 00 


" A. R. Pitman, 


1 


00 


a 


Eli Wishart, 


1 00 


" G. F. Thaggard, 


1 


00 


u 


G. P. Floyd, 


2 00 


" Isham Pitman, 


2 


00 


<i 


Jacob Leggett, 


2 00 


" Wright Lennon, 


1 


00 


a 


Meredith Bullock, 


1 00 


" Norman Martin, 


1 


00 


a 


Charles J. Floyd, 


1 00 


" Jacob Thompson, 
" Isaac Hardee, 


1 
1 


00 
00 








Total, 


$78 00 


« John Frink, 


2 


00 









The Committee on Ordination reported. Report adopted. \_See Ap- 
pendix.'] 

The Officers of this x\ssociation, viz: Elder Haynes Lennon, B. Free- 
man and T. L. Vail, are constituted a Committee to bring up all un- 
finished business. 

Agreed to revive the Bible cause in this body, — when the following 
contributions for that object were paid in, to-wit: 



Eld( 


iY H. Lennon, 


n 00 


Bro. Calvin Jones, $1 00 


Bro 


Alva Smith, 


1 00 


" G. F. Thaggard, 50 


" 


D. W. McGougan, 


1 00 


Ashpole Bible Society, 4 70 




Daniel Stanaland, 


2 00 


Brier Branch Bible Society, 4 45 




Bright Williams, 


1 00 


Beaver Dam Bible Society, 5 00 




R. M. McRackan, 


1 00 


Bear Swamp Bible Society, 5 00 




T. L. Vail, 


1 00 






D. T. Hollingsworth. 


50 


Total, S29 15 



It is ordered that the above sum, together with $6 80 for Foreign 
Missions, and the amount raised for Educational purposes, be placed in 
the hands of the Moderator, and by him to be applied to the respective 
objects for which they were donated. 

Brother T. S. Vail offered the following resolution which was unan- 
imously adopted: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are justly due, and are 
hereby heartily tendered to the Brethren and citizens generally of this 
community, for the very kind and courteous manner in which they have 
entertained us during our Session, and that this Session of our Asso- 
ciation will long be remembered by us. 

After singing the affecting and very appropriate Hymn: "For a 
season called to part," &c., Prayer was offered by the Moderator. 

The Association was then adjourned to time and place specified. 

HAYNES LENNON, Mod'r. 

B. FREEMAN; Clk. 



DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

MONDAY, October 25, 2 o'clock. 



The Board went into Session. 

Brethren John G. Powell, Wright Lennon and A. R Pitman, were 
appointed a Committee of Finance. When the following sums were 
paid in by Churches, individuals, &c., to-wit: 



Ashpole, 


UO 00 


Beaver Dam, (Bladen,) 


13 00 


Antioch, 


11 


60 


Shady Grove, 


5 85 


Big Branch, 


15 


00 


Brier Branch, 


8 00 


Mt. Eliam, 


5 


00 


Hickory Grove, 


5 00 


Back Swamp, 


8 


00 


Shiloh, 


5 15 


Saddle Tree, 


8 


00 


W hite Lake, 


10 00 


Providence, 


10 


00 


Bethel, 


4 10 


Raft Swamp, 


5 


00 


Cheerful Hope, 


5 55 


Pleasant Grove, 


6 


00 


Mount Pisgah, 


7 00 


Lumberton, 


8 


00 


New Britain, 


7 00 


Beaver Dam, (Columbus,) 


3 


50 


Union, 


5 00 


Cherry Grove, 


5 


00 


Cape Fear, 


10 00 


Croos Roads, 


15 


00 


Cedar Creek, 


3 00 


Macedonia} 


5 


00 


Orange Street, 


15 00 


Mount Tabor, 


2 


00 


Bear Swamp, 


10 70 


Mount Zion, 


15 


00 


Macedonia, (S. C.) 


5 00 


Pleasant Plains, 


4 


00 


Spring Branch, 


10 00 


Porter Swamp, 


20 


50 


Springfield, 


5 00 


Pleasant Hill, 


10 


25 


Bryan's Chapel, 


10 00 


Seven Creeks, 


5 


00 


T, L. Vai!, 


5 00 


Mount iSinai, 
White Marsh, 


Q 


00 
00 






o 
5 


Total, 


$389 20 


Western Prong, 


60 


00 







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Went into the election of Officers for the ensuing year, as follows: 
Elder Hajnes Lennon, President, and Brother B. Freeman, Secretary 
and Treasurer. 

Brother Thomas L. Vail by the payment of five dollars was entitled 
to a seat in the Board. 

The names of the life Members were ordered to be inserted in the 
Minutes, vie: 

Elders H. Lennon, D. B. Ayres, J. H. Cobb. F. Prevatt, William 
Ayres, and Brethren K. M. McRackan, J. N. McOall, Arthur Melvin, 
John B. Thompson and Jacob Thompson. 

Called on the Itinerants to report: When Elders Jesse Rogers, 
William Ayres, G. W. Hill, J. H. Cobb, W. B. Bullard and H. Len- 
non reported. Reports received and their appendage to the Minutes 
ordered. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay to the Itinerants the respective 
amounts due for their services the past year. 

Brethren R. M. McRackan, B. Williams, B. Freeman, T. L. Vail 
and Francis Lennon, were appointed a Committee to procure the ser- 
vices of Itinerants to operate wherever the Board may direct, and to 
report on to-morrow. 

Adjourned to meet to-morrow whenever the Association shall make 
way for the Board. 

October 26, 12 J o'clock. 

The Board met according to adjournment. 

The Committee to procure the services of liinerantSj made their re- 
port as follows: 

We have obtained the services of Elder Jesse Rogers entirely; Elder 
G. W. Hill for 100 days; and Elder J. H. Cobb will attend one station 
monthly, that is, one Saturday and Sunday in each month at or in the 
vicinity of Maysville, wherever he in his judgment may deem the most 
advantageous place. 

Elder H. Lennon agrees to supply Fair Blufi^ at night once a month, 
and also to visit Elizabethtown on the fifth Sabbath and day before in 
each month which may have five Sundays therein. 

Elder Hill to be with Elder Lennon al Elizabethtown as often as 
practicable. 

Elder Jesse Rogers is to occupy the same field of labor assigned 
him last year except New Britain, Western Prong, Macedonia, (Colum- 
bus,) and Porter Swamp. 

Elder Gr. W. Hill to occupy all around the Green Swamp, including 
Russ's Still, Frier, Mount Zion, White Marsh and Mount Moriah. 

Agreed to raise an Executive Committee consisting of Brethren R. 
M. McRackan, B. Williams, W. T. Friuk, Alva Smith, B. Freeman 
and Elder H. Lennon, who are authorized to settle any unfinished busi- 
ness; and attend to such other matters connected with the Board, as 
shall demand the attention of the Board in the interim of its meeting. 

HAYNES LENNON, Pres't. 

B. Freeman, Sec'y. 



^PP»ENDIX. 



REPOET OF AUDITING COMMITTEE. 
The Auditing Committee report: That they have examined the ac- 
counts of the Treasurer of the Cape Fear Association and find nothing 
in his hands. 

Respectfully submitted. 

ALVA SMITH, Chm'n. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. ' 

1st. Our Ministers should be men of application. Their minds 
should be intensely and earnestly applied to the word of God. The in- 
spired requisition is still in force: "Give thyself to study that thou 
mayest be a workman that need not be ashamed." 

2d. They should study Church History, particularly that written by 
Orchard, our own Church Historian. 

3d. They should give a part of their time to the study of Grammar, 
Composition, and other useful studies, too numerous to mention. 

4th. They ought by no means to neglect giving close attention to 
human nature. This study is a deep and intricate one, it presents it- 
self in so many ways, after all our efforts we are liable to come to wrong 
conclusions concernins it. 

5th. 3Jinisters should cultivate the heart, and try by the grace of 
God, to exterminate every root of bitterness therefrom. They should 
be Epistles read and known of all men. And if their hearts are not 
well attended to these epistles will communicate bad intelligence. 

6th. When they are passing about from place to place, they should 
be very careful not to say any thing about those by whom they have 
been graciously received and kindly entertained, without it is some- 
thing good. 

7th. They should be instant, in season and out of season, in every 
good word and work, glorifying God, as ardent piety is indispensably 
necessary to the existence and success of the Gospel Ministry. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

P. C. CONNELLY, Chm'n. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COLPORTAGE. 

Dear Brethren: — Your Committee to whom was referred the sub- 
ject of Colportage would respectfully submit the following: 

We have but to take a single glance at the situation of our country, 
and the depravity of human nature, to see the want of religious know- 
ledge and Divine truth exhibited almost constantly. The present state 
of things is deplorable. Our country is flooded as it were with books 
teeming with historical narratives and romances, and yet so few are de- 
voted to the sacred work of shedding abroad the hallowed influences of 
mDrality and divine truth over the depraved minds of the reading pub- 
lic. And why is this so? why is not the people in this free and glori- 



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ous republic not supplied with good religious books of our own denom- 
ination? There is an abundant supply of excellent works issued by our 
Publication Societies, and offered on liberal terms; but they are not in 
reach of the people in the bounds of our Association, Colporteurs of 
other denominations are passing through our midst, and for want of our 
own Publications our denomination are supplying themselves with those, 
the influence of which is both seen and felt amoag us. Then in order 
to amend the present lamentable condition and to aid in the dissemi- 
nation' of religious truth, we will offer for your consideration the follow- 
ing resolutions: 

Kesolved, That we, the Cape Fear Baptitt Association, do forthwith 
make arrangements with some Baptist Publication Society, to furnish 
us with a suitable supply of religious books, to be placed in one or more 
depositories. 

Resolved, also, That each .Baptist Minister acting as Pastor of any 
Church or Churches, also. Itinerant Missionaries, be requested to act as 
Colporteurs, and report at each Session of our Association. 
Respectfully submitted. 

A. R. PITMAN, Chm'n. 

REPORT ON BAPTIST STATE CONVENTION. 

The claims of this Institution have been laid before us twenty-six 
years in regular succession, and nearly as often reported on by your 
body, and yet perhaps received less attention than any other institution 
with which we stand connected. 

Its objects are Home and Foreign Missions, and the Education of 
the Ministry. There are now about nine or ten Beneficiaries dependent 
upon the denomination for help, in this department, and among them 
our beloved F. A. Belcher, who, if not sustained by us, will have under 
existing circumstances to return home but half educated. Will we 
suffer it? Can we not raise the means? Brethren help! 

In conclusion allow us to present the following: 

Resolved, That we sustain the foregoing report with a liberal contri- 
bution. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

COMMITTEE. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 
For the last thirty years the subject of Temperance has engrossed the 
attention of many philanthropists, christians, patriots and statesmen, 
which has been a means of bringing forth some of the best talent in 
our whole country; who have written, lectured, and otherwise dissemi- 
nated temperance light to such a degree that we feel that our feeble at- 
tempts to advance the cause will have very little effect; but however 
feeble they may be, we are willing to contribute our mite to this glori- 
ous cause, if haply any good may be effected thereby. But in the 
few scattered thoughts that we may throw together, we shall not attempt 
to delineate all the evils of intemperance, — this having so often been 
done by much abler hands than ours: but shall more particularly direct 
our remarks to the members of the Church, and most especially to those 
who still indulge in the habit of dram-drinking. We know it is a deli- 
cate matter, and many good brethren will be offended when we tell 



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them that the moderate drinker does more harm than the downright 
drunkard; but as we have no personal invectives to heap on anyone, or 
prejudices to gratify, we hope all will see that our aim is the glory of 
God. 

We are aware that it has been reiterated a thousand times, that the 
example of the moderate drinker is worse than the drunkard, and this 
conclusion forces itself on us from many considerations. Almost whole 
families could be pointed out whose parents indulged in the moderate 
use of intoxicating drinks, whose sons fell victims to intemperance and 
other vices of the worst kind, and some we know where it has gone 
down to the third generation. And the danger of fostering drunkenness 
in our own families is not all, but those who are disposed to tamper 
with intoxicating drinks when warned of the danger, are sure to cite 
you to persons who have always been in the moderate use of if: and, 
especially if they are members of the Church. We ask what young 
man who has the least self-respect, if asked by a drunkard to go into 
one of those miserable sinks of iniquity, commonly known as the grog- 
shop, that would not feel his pride insulted? But let a respectable 
member of the Church invite him and he may feel that all is right, for 
if he reflects at all about the matter, he considers at once that if this 
good man indulges he certainly may, but this may lead him on, he may 
not stop at moderate drinking, but may go on to drunkenness. These 
and almost innumerable evils might be adduced to show the incon- 
sistency of moderate drinking, but our space will not allow us to poinfc 
them out. 

Suppose all the money that is worse than thrown away, which is ex- 
pended for intoxicating drinks in these United States, was put to benevo- 
lent purposes, such as relieving the distresses of the poor, and sending 
the gospel to the destitute of our own country, and into heathen lands, 
how much good could be eifected by the reformation, no human being 
could possibly foresee; for, in the first place, millions of bushels of grain 
that our Maker designed as the staff of life, would be turned into its 
legitimate channel, and thousands of barrels containing intoxicating 
drinks never make their way to our happy land. And where we ask is 
the reformation to begin if it does not begin with the Ciurch? Then 
let all be of one heart and one mind, determined by the grace of God 
to put down this one evil, by the practice of total abstinence from all 
that will intoxicate. 

Eespectfully submitted. COMMITTEE. 

Report of Committee to select Messengers and nominate Brethren to 
torite letters to Sister Associations. 

Your Committee report as follows: 

To the Welsh Neck x\ssociation: A. R. Pitman, Isham Pitman, Noel 
Bullock, li. S. Moore and Elder Jesse Rogers. 

To write letter to the same, Elder H. Lennon. 

To the Pee Dee Association: James Humphrey, Jacob Thompson, D. 
D. Gunn and Elder F. Prevatt. 

To write the letter, Elder P. C- Connelly. 

To the Union Association: Elder A. Paul Repiton, George Melvia, 
William H. Melvin, B. H. Mashburn, Monroe Peterson and John G. 
Sutton. 



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Elder H. Lennon to write letter. 
Respectfully submitted. 

WM. B. BULLARD, Chm'n. 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Dear Brethren: — Your Committee on Sabbath Schools respectfully 
submit the following report: 

We think the importance of Sunday Schools was never more manifest 
than in the age of common schools and educational facilities. Public 
schools are increasing almost every where. The teachers to fill the 
schools are mainly selected for their competency to develop the intel- 
lect. But man is something more than a mere intellectual machine, — 
he is a compound being possessing moral, as well as intellectual facul- 
ties; and surely, it is no less important to educate the former than the 
latter. We cannot conceive a better way of approaching our duty in 
this respect, than by the agency of Sunday Schools. Let every Church 
establish its Schools and then let the members of Churches discharge 
their duties as teachers, and we think the next generation will bear 
fruit, if not meet for repentance, that will not be a stigma upon God's 
people: but we trust thus men and women may be made, prepared, 
reared up, and be worthy to take their places when they are gone to 
their rest. 

Respectfully submitted. 

J. H. COBB, Chm'n. 

Report of Committee for the examination of Candidates for the Gos- 

jyel Ministry. 
Report as follows: We cordially approve of the call, Christian ex- 
perience and consistent lives of Brethren William C. West, Noel Bul- 
lock and D. N. Gore, and consequently recommend them for Ordination. 
But particularly enjoin upon them to apply their minds to the word 
of God and all other useful studies. 

J. ROGERS, Chairman. 

MISSIONARY REPORTS. 
Report of Elder Jesse Rogers, to the Cape Fear Baptist Association. 

Dear Brethren: — I cow proceed to give you some account of my 
Ministerial labors as your Itinerant in the lower division of the Asso- 
ciational District. 

Soon after my appointment, I entered the field assigned me by your 
Committee. I labored for about two months under great disadvantage 
and discouragemeflt. I found most of the Churches very cold and lan- 
guid — bad very small congregations, and sometimes none. My first 
efforts were to endeavor to arouse the Churches to a sense of duty and 
more energy, — in this I succeeded with most of them — life and action 
seemed to spring up, and a good state of things has ensued; for the last 
two or three months, I have bad good congregations and many interest- 
ing meetings. I have baptized but few, believing that duty (or rather 
privilege,) belonged to the several Pastors. During the last two or 
three months I have spent part of my time out of our former bounds in 
Horry District and All Saint's Parish, where my meetings were well 
attended, and much interest manifested; though I met with some oppo- 



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sition, and on one occasion was turned out of doors as a Minister: but 
all turned out for the furtherance of the Gospel. 

I have travelled (including a few rest days,) 156 days, preached 154 
sermons, visited many families, — conversing with and praying for them 
together, with many individuals, both by the fireside and on the way, 
— in all cases pointing them to a bleeding Saviour who takes away the 
sin of the world. 

I have constituted one small Church out of our former bounds. 

I have received from the Churches $44 23 as follows: 



Little River, 


m 48 


Western Prong, 


U 75 


Mt. Sinai, 


2 00 


Pleasant Hill, 


4 75 


Friendship, 


5 00 


Mt. Tabor, 


50 


Beulah, 


10 00 


Beaver Dam, 


1 70 


New Britain, 


2 50 


Seven Creeks, 


1 50 


Pleasant Plains, 


6 25 


Porter Swamp, 


1 80 



In conclusion permit me to express my gratitude to your Committee 
for the confidence reposed in me, and especially to God for the blessings 
which have attended the feeble efforts of your unworthy servant. 

Travelling expenses $1 75. 

JESSE ROGERS. 

REPORT OF ELDER J. H. COBB. 

Dear Brethren: — In June last I commenced my services for the 
Board, and have given as much of my time to it as I could. I have 
charged to the Board 60 days including rest days. I have met as good 
congregations as I could expect, and apparently anxious to hear the 
Gospel of the Son of God. 

All the Churches you assigned me being supplied with Pastors, I 
have not been called on to administer the Ordinance of Baptism but 
once; but hope my weak efforts have not been altogether in vain. I 
have had some warm and interesting meetings, and the warm ehristian- 
like manner that I have been received and treated, calls for my hearty 
thanks to my brethren among whom I have been. May the blessings of 
Almighty God rest upon them all. 

And now, dear Brethren, I return you my thanks for the confidence 
you reposed in me as one of your Missionaries. 

May God bless the cause of Missions, is my prayer for Christ sake. 

J. H. COBB. 

REPORT OF ELDER G. W. HILL. 

To the Board of Domestic Missions of tJie Cape Fear Association. 

Dear Brethren: — By request I have devoted a small portion of my 
time in the close of the year in your service, during which time I have 
travelled 41 days including rest days, Baptized 16 persons, and received 
$5, while in the service of ihe Board. 

I have had the pleasure of attending several interesting meetings, 
and to some extent seen my feeble labors blessed in the cause of my 
Divine Master. 

In 3onclusion, Dear Brethren, permit me to call your special atten- 
tion to the Churches and Stations assigned me as an inviting field of 
labor, which calls loudly for assistance, and humbly think the cause 



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may be materially advanced by your keeping an efficient Itinerant 
Minister operating regularly in that portion of the Lord s vineyard. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

{jr. W. Milil-i. 

REPORT OF ELDER WILLIAM AYRES. 
Dear Brethren:-! have endeavored to attend to the duties ot your 
Itinerant on the East side of the Cape Fear River, and have had good 
and attentive congregations. I have labored 44 days, preached 4« ser- 
mons, labored in protracted meetings, both day and night and have 
seen the manifestations of much good. And may the Lord bless the 
feeble efforts made by your servant, and may the good cause go on in 
peace, until every destitute and dark corner of the Association has the 
Gospel preached in its purity every Sabbath to them, is the prayer of 
your servant for Christ's sake. Amen. ^^^^LIAM AYRES. 

Elders W. B. Bullard and H. Lennon made verbal reports, as the 
time devoted to the service of the Board by each of them was short. 

A Dvjest of the State of Religion in the Association, as indicated hy the 

Antioch-As usual sends pleasing intelligence. She has had preach- 
ing three days in each month, with a steady increase i« ^i^mbers, and a 
' hearty desire after more of the bread of life. Has a Bible Class. El- 

der H. Lennon is supply. . • j „ 

Ashpole-Has enjoyed some delightful meetings, and received a 
goodly number to baptism. They have sustained by death a loss ot 
seven members. Elder William Ay res is Pastor^ 

Back Swamp-Speaks of a glorious revival. Eider P. C Connelly is 

Pastor FN B. The apparent discrepancy in the total membership ot 

fhis Church has grown out of a revision of the Church Book, and cor- 

rectiou of her statistics.] . „, 

Bear Swamp— Has experienced but little change. Has a Bible Class. 

Elder William Ayres is supply. ^ 

Beaver Dam, (Bladen)— Peace and harmony abouna. Has a Bible 
Society. Elder William Ayres is supply. 

Beaver Dam, (Golumbus)-Is iji a healthy and prosperous condition. 
Has a Sabbath School. Elder A. M. Noble is Pastor. 

Big Branch-Has experienced a refreshing from the presence of the 
Lord Has a well conducted Bible Class. Elder H. Lennon is supply. 

Brier Branch-CDmmunicates nothing interesting. Elder William 

"^^Bryan'rChi^pel-Asks the prayers of the Lord's people. Elder G. 

^Be'hTl-Harthe Gospel faithfully preached by Elder D. B. Ayres, 
and is awaitiuji the blessing of the Lord. , . , , . /. j 

Beaulah-Bespeaks an advancement in piety, and is looking forward 
to a revival. Elder D. B. A.yres is Pastor. , 

Cape Fear-Is enjoying a glorious revival of religion. Eldei MugH 
McAlpin is supply. 



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Cedar Creek — Has experienced a precious revival and enjoys much 
peace and love. Elder E. D. Johnson is supply. 

Cheerful Hope— Nothing very important. Has a Sunday School. 
Elder Gr. W. Lennon is Pastor. 

Cherry Grove — Has experienced a long wintry season. Acknow- 
ledges her delinquency; is looking forward for better times. Elder Z. 
Bullock is supply. 

Concord — Have taken down their harps from the willows, and are re- 
joicing in the Lord. 

Cross Roads — Is in a healthy improving condition. Has to mourn 
the loss by death of their aged and esteemed Sister Sally Lennon, widow 
of the late Elder Dennis Lennon. Eider H. Lennon is supply. 

Friendship — Is in a growing condition. Elder A.. M. Noble is supply. 

Hickory Grove — Has enjoyed quite a refreshing season. Has con- 
siderable amount of preaching. Elder P. Prevatt is supply. 

Honey Camp — Eujoys peace and harmony. Elder Z. Bullock is 
supply. 

Iron Hill Cross Roads — Coldness seems to abound. Elder G. W. Hill 
is supply. 

Lumberton--Has experienced some revival, and a good state of things 
seems to ezist. Have engaged the services of Elder H. Lennon as 
supply. 

Little River — No intelligence from her. 

Macedonia (Columbus) — Is in peace. Elder Z. Bullock is supply. 

Macedonia (S. C.) — Has nothing special to communicate. Elder Z. 
Bullock is supply. 

Magnolia — Has had a gracious outpouring of the Spirit of God. Has 
had the labors of Elders Fisher and McAlpin. 

Mill Creek has been revived to a limited extent. Elder John Har- 
relson is supply. 

Mount Eliam — Is in good condition, having experienced a gracious 
revival. Elder Isham Stone is Pastor. 

Mount Pisgah — Under the labors of Elder John Harrelson the mem- 
bership of the Church has been nearly doubled. Has a Sabbath School 
and Prayer Meeting. 

Mt. Sinai — Peace and harmony abound. Elder D. J. Ray is supply. 

Mt. Tabor — Nothing special. Elder John Harrelson is Pastor. 

Mt. Zion — After a long and spiritual drouth, is made to rejoice in 
the return of the Holy Spirit, under the labors of Elders Hill and Len- 
non. Destitute of Pastor or supply. 

New Britain — Gives glory to God for bringing sinners to repentance. 
Elder Joel Bennet is Pastor. 

Orange Street — After a long and dreary season, has been visited 
with quite an extensive revival. About 100 members having been 
added to her in a few months. Elder A. Paul Repiton is Pastor. 

Piuey Grove — In peace and union. A. Hall is Pastor. 

Pleasant Grove — Has been visited with quite a copious outpouring 
of the Spirit; and a very considerable accession to her membership. 
Elder E. D. Johnson is supply. 

Pleasant Hill — Is progressing gradually in divine things. Elder D, 
J. Ray is Pastor, 

Pleasant Plains — Is in a healthy and proeperous condition, and grow- 
ing in grace and knowledge of the truth. Elder G. W. Hill is Pastor. 



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Porter Swamp — Is afflicted with some disorderly members. Elder - 
O. W. Hill is supply. 

Providence — Complains of coldness and barrenness. Elder J. H. 
Cobb is Pastor. 

Raft Swamp — Exhibits rather a pleasing state of things. Elder F. 
Prevatt is Pastor. 

Rookfish — The spiritual condition not mentioned. Elder P. C. Oon- 
Belly is supply. 

Saddle Tree — Has been visited with a considerable revival, under the 
labors of the Pastor and Brother W. C. West. Elder F. Prevatt is 
supply. 

Salem — Recently constituted. Sound in the faith. 

Shady Grove — Has had the labors of her Pastor and other brethren 
in the Ministry, desires a continuance of the Itinerancy. Elder Isham 
Stone is supply. 

Shallotte — Is dissatisfied with the action of the Council sent by the 
last Association. No Pastor. 

Shiloh — Gives pleasing intelligence of the state of things, and under 
the labors of Elder W. B. Bullard, has been abundantly revived. 

Seven Creeks — No material change. Destitute of a Pastor. 

Spring Branch — Nothing of special interest. Elder P. C Connelly 
is supply. 

Springfield — Unimportant. Without a Pastor. 

Union — Manifest improvement in the congregation. Elder D. B. 
Ayres is supply. 

United Church — Is surrounded by Antinomianism, but is endeavor- 
ing to maintain the faith. Elder Thomas G. Rogers is supply. 

Western Prong — Unimportant. Elder G. W. Hill is supply. 

White Lake — Gives a cheering account of spiritual prosperity. Elder 
W. B. Bullard is supply. 

White Marsh— Under the labors of Elders D. J. Ray and G. W. 
Hill, the Lord has been graciously pleased to pour out a rich effusion of 
His Holy Spirit. 

Mt. Moriah — Not represented. 



REPORT OF TREASURER OF CAPE FEAR ASSOCIATIOJT. 

BENJAMIN FREEMa.N, TREASURER, 

1858. 

Oct. To amt. sent by the Churches for Minute Fund, $96 65 

" " contributed by Brethren in the Association, 3 85 



eiOO 00 



1858. CONTRA. 

Paid for printing these Minutes, $60 00 

" Clerk for his services, 40 00 

$100 00 

Respectfully submitted. 

B. FREEMAN, Treas'r. 



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Report of Treasurer of Domestic Missions Board in Cape Fear Baptist 

Association. 

BENJAMIN FREEMAN, TREASURER. 

1858. 

Oct. To Cash received from former Treasurer, I 17 05 

" amount contributed by Churches and individuals, 389 20 

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" " " J. H. Cobb, 


90 00 


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56 50 


" " " William Ayres, 


66 00 


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" " " Haynes Lennon, 


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Balance in the hands of Treasurer, 
Respectfully submitted. 



$26 87 
B. FREEMAN, Treas'r. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS' NAMES. 



POST OFFICE. 



AYRES, WILLIAM 
AYRES, D. B. 
BENNETT, JOEL 
BULLARD, W. B. 
BULLOCK, Z. 
CONNELLY, P. C. 
CASHWELL, JAMES 
DAVIS, ELIAS 
DUSENBURY, SAMUEL 
FISHER, REUBEN 
HALL, AVERITT 
HILL, G. W. 
HONRINE, J. T. 
HARRELSON, JOHN 
JOHNSON, E. D. 
LENNON, G. W. 
LENNON, HAYNES 
NOBLE, A. M. 
PREVATT, FURNEY 
RAY, D. J. 
REPITON, A. PAUL 
ROGERS, JESSE 
STONE, ISHAM 
SESSUMS, R. M. 
SMITH, THOMAS 

LICENSED 
BULLOCK, NOEL 
GORE, D. N. 
LENNON, J. P. 
SMITH, EZEKIEL 
SMITH, JOAB 
WEST, W. C. 



Floydsville, Marion District, S. C. 
Little River, Horry District, S. C. 
Beacli's P. 0., Columbus County, N. C. 
Leesville, Robeson County, N. C. 
Fair BlufiF, Columbus County, N. C. 
Montpelier, Richmond County, N, C, 
Rockfish, Cumberland County, N. C. 
Lumberton, Robeson County, N. C. 
Bucksville, Horry District, S. C. 
Harrison's Creek, Cumberland County, N. ( 

Pleasant Plains, Columbus County, N. C. 

Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N. C? 

Wliiteville, Columbus County, N. C. 

Lumberton, Robeson County, N. C. 

Robeson's P. 0., Brunswick County, N. C. 

Big Swamp, Columbus County, N. G. 

Fair BluflF, " " " 

Lumberton, Robeson County, N. C. 

WhiteviUe, Columbus County, N. C. 

Wilmington, New Hanover County, N. C. 

Blanton's X Roads, Horry District, S. C. 

Lumberton, Robeson County, N. C. 

Bryan, Swamp, Bladen County, N. C. 

Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 

MINISTERS' NAMES. 

Floydsville, Marion District, S. C. 

Whiteville, Columbus County, N. C. 

Robeson's P. O., Brunswick County, N. C- 
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Owenville, Sampson County, N. C. 
Rockfish, Cumberland County, N. C. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FIFTY-FIFTH SUSSIOlvr 



OF THE 



CAPE FEAR lAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



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HELB AT THE 



WESTEM PRONCJ CHURCH, C0LU3IBUS CO., N. C, 

October 22, 23, 24, antl 25, 1859. 



EALEIGH: 

BIBLICAL EECORDEB PRESS, 
1860. 



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Saturday, October 22, 1859. 

The introductory sermon was delivered, according to appointment, 
by Elder D. B. Ayres, from Matthew 6tli chapter and part of lOth 
verse : " Thy kingdom come." 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes, the Association was called 
to order by the Moderator, and after reading appropriate portions of 
Scripture and singing a hymn, the Divine direction was invoked by 
Elder G. ^Y. Hill. 

A majoritjr of the churches being represented, the Association pro 
ceeded to business. 

Appointed Brethren A. F. Powell, P. Lennon and G. W. Hill, a 
Committee of Finance. 

After the reading of letters, and recording the names of Delegates, 
]")roceeded to the election of officers, which resulted as follows : Elder 
Haynes Lennon, Moderator, and Benjamin Freeman, Clerk and Treas- V 
urer, and Alfred R. Pitman, Assistant Clerk. ^ \ 

An invitation was then extended to corresponding Associations, 
when Welsh Neck Association, by her messengers. Brethren "Wm. J 
Toler, G, M. Reaves and Elder B. A. Jackson, presented themselves 
with letter and a small package of their Minutes, and the right hand of 
fellowship extended to them. 

Prof W. M. Win gate, and Elder J. S. Purefoy, from the Raleigh 
Association, were in attendance and cordially invited to seats with 
us. 

Received a letter of correspondence, accompanied with a small pack- 
age of the Minutes from the Pee Dee Association. Also a letter of 
Correspondence from the Cedar Creek Association, but no messengers 
from either of these bodies. 

A letter was received from Elder A. C. Dayton, Corresponding Se- ^ 
cretary of the Board of Managers of the Southern Baptist Sunday \ 
School Union, together with a package of the "Childrens' Friend." 



'W Elder "Wm. Ayres requested to be released from preaching the 
Missionary Sermon on to-morrow, and that Elder W. M. "Wingate be 
appointed in his stead. Agreed to. 

A letter from the Shallotte Church was presented by delegates, hum- 
bly asking to be restored to the fellowship of this body. The matter 
being fully investigated, and the acknowledgements satisfactory, the 
delegates were received. 

On motion, it was agreed to devote one-half hour of each day, (af- 
ter to-morrow) to devotional exercist-s. 

Newly constituted churches were now called for, when Lehanon, of 
Horry District^ S. C, presented herself with letter and delegates, and 
was received as a member of this body. Paradise^ of Bladen County, 
also made application for admittance, by her letter and delegates and 
was received. Also \Vh'iie Oak, in Bladen County, which was re- 
ceived. 

Appointed Brethren B. Freeman, R. "Wooten, A. F. Powell, F. 
Lennon, and John Ellis, a Committee to supply the stage. 

Elder B. Lennon, A. Paul Repiton, and Brethren B. Freeman, and 
A. R. Pitman, were appointed a Committee of Arrangements. 

Adjourned until 9 1-2 o'clock Monday morning. Prayer by Elder 
William Ayers, 



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Sabbath, October 23, 1859. 

The day was mild and pleasant, and a large assemblage of persons 
was on the ground at the time appointed for the services to com- 
mence. 

Agreeable to previous appointment Elder H. Lennon opened the 

^ services with a discourse on " Close Communion ;" founded on the 11th 

chapter and 16th verse of 1st Corinthians : " But if any man seem to 

be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of 

God." 

At 12 o'clock, M., Professor "W. M. "Wingate preached the Mission- 
ary sermon from Acts, 9th chapter and 6th verse : " And he, trembl- 
ing and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?" 

After an intermission of about 30 minutes, Elder A, Paul Repiton, 
agreeably to previous appointment, delivered a discourse on " Adop- 
tion," founded on the 1st verse of the 3d chapter of the 1st General 
Epistle of John : " Behold, what manner of love the Father hath 
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ?' ' 



These sermons were all of unusual interest, and delivered in a clear, 
forcible and impressive manner, to a very large congregation, and we 
are liappy to have it to say, one of the most orderly that we have 
ever witnessed on such an occasion ; and we humbly trust, that the 
labors of this day may be blest, to the good of many precious, im- 
mortal souls. 



Monday, October 24, 9 1-2 o'clock, A. M. 

The Association met according to adjournment. 

On motion, Elder A. Paul Repiton, was appointed Moderator, pro 
tem.j who conducted the religious exercises, the half hour assigned by 
the body, when the Moderator took the chair, and the Association pro* 
ceeded to business. „ 

The Committee of Arrangements reported. Report made the order 
of the day. 

Elder J. P. B. Mays, agent for the "Southern Baptist Theological 
Seminary," located at Greenville, S. C, was introduced to the body, 
and an opportunity was afforded him to explain the object of his mis- 
sion. Professor Wingate, Elders Purefoy, Lennon, "Wm. Ayers, and 
other brethren, addressed the body on the importance of building up 
and sustaining this Seminary, "When on a call for aid to carry out the 
object contemplated, the following persons came forward and subscrib- 
ed the several amounts opposite their names, to wit : 

A. P. Powell, 

Richard Wooten, - - - - r . 

Haynes Lennon, ..... 

J^rmaduke Powell, - - - . - 

Wm. J. Toler, 

John H. Toler, 

John E. Lennon, - - - - - 

J. E. Campbell, - ^- - -' . - 

Giles Williamson, -""-»- 

Jesse Rogers, ...... 

George W. Lennon, .... 

D. P. Williams, 

John Monroe, . ^ . - - 

J. M. U, Gore, 

$855 00 



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Amount brouglit forward, 
Samuel Frink, Jr., paid 
Daniel Stanaland. 
T. "W. Ajers, 
Joseph Stanaland, 
Rufus P. Lennon, - 
Wra. T. Fnnk, - 
Ewen Johnson, 
Alva G. Mears, - 
William Kinvan, - 

D. H. Callyhan, - 
G. W. Hill, - 
Calvin Jones, 
John G. Powell, 
Daniel Phillips, • 

E. H. Martin, 
B, S. Jones, 
Zadoc Bullock, 
Lewis Humphrey, 
William Vause, 
D. B. Ayres, paid 
Joseph H. Williams, 
J. B. T. Patterson, 
Noel Bullock, - 
H.T.Pope, - ^- 
Norman Mariin, 
James Jones, 

A. M. Gore, - 
Samuel Stone, 
William Hnohes, 
Everett Phillips, - 
Lewis Williamson, - 
George L. Brown, 
Col. Wm. M. Baldwin. - 



Making a sum total of $1,635 00 

After a recess of half an hoiu- the Association was called to order. 
Prayer by Elder Wm. B. BuUard. 

Called for letters and Delegates from churches which have not been 



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represented heretofore, when Piney Grove, a newly constituted church 
from Marion District, S. C, with letter and delegates, made applica- 
tion for admittance into this body, and were received. 

Elder Wm. B. Bullard, Brethren John Monroe, and Daniel Phillips, 
were appointed a Committee to select messengers to corresponding As- 
sociations. 

Elders A. Paul Repiton, J. P. B. Mays, and Jesse Rogers, were ap- 
pointed a Committee to examine candidates for ordination. 

Agreed that the next session of this Association be held with the 
church, at Porter Swamp, Columbus County, N. C, to commeuco Sa- 
turday before the fourth Sabbath in October, 1860. Services to com- 
mence at 10 1-2 o'clock, A. M. Elder J. B. T. Patterson to preach 
the Introductory sermon, and Elder G. "W. Hill, be the Alternate. — 
Elder A. Paul Repiton, to preach a sermon on "Baptism," at 10 
o'clock on Sabbath of our next meeting, and Elder H. Lennon is ap- 
pointed to preach the Missionary Sermon at 12 o'clock of the same day ; 
Elder "Wm. Ayres. to be his Alternate. 

The following Committees were announced from the Chair, to wit : 

On Ministerial Education; — Elder J. B. F. Patterson, A. R. Pitman, 
and Elder G. W. Hill. 

On the Baptist State Convention: — Professor W. M. Wingate, R. M. X 
McRackan, and Elder A¥m. Ayres. 

On Colportage: — Elders J.S. Purefoy, A. Paul Repiton, and Brother \ 
Richard Wooten. ' 

On Foreign jMissions: — Elders J. F. B. Mays, D. B. Ayres, and 
Brother D. F. Williamson. 

On Periodicals : — Elders H. Lennon, B. Freeman, and A. R. Pit- X 
man. 

On Temperance : — R. M. McRackan, Elders A. Paul Repiton, and 
Professor Wingate. 

Agreed that the subject of the Associational High School, be made 
the order of the day for to-morrow, at 11 o'clock, A. M. 

A letter of grievance and petition for redress, from certain expelled 
members of Big Branch church, was read before the body, and on an 
investigation of the matter it was agreed to send a Committee to the 
.said churdi, consisting of Elders Willi-im Ayres, P. C. Connelly, Noel 
Bullock, E. D. Johnson and G. W. Hill, whose duty it shall be to 
make a full investigation and report their doings to the next meeting 
of this body. 



Adjourned until 9 1-2 o'clock, to-morrow morning. Prayer by El- 
der A. Paul Eepiton. 



Tuesday, Odoher 25, 1859. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Elder A. Paul Eepiton in the chair, who conducted the devotional 
exercises for half an hour, when the Moderator took the chair, and after 
reading and correcting the Minutes, called on the Committee of Ar- 
rangements to report. Eeport received, and made the order of the 
day. 

Tiie subject of the Associational High School v/as then taken up. 
Elder A. Paul Eepiton, in the chair. 

Called Oil the Trustees of the school to report. No written report 
having been prepared, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, made a 
verbal report. 

Agreed to relieve the Association of its indebtedness to the Agent 
of the scliool, which had to be done by voluntary contribution of the 
friends of the measure present, and a call for aid for that specific ob- 
ject, the sum of $33,75 was paid over to the Moderator, who is to 
pay the same to the Agent. 

On motion, the bonds and funds heretofore raised by the Agent, are 
ordered to be handed o v^er to the Treasurer of this Association. 

Agreed that the Pastors of churches, and the Missionaries employ- 
fid by tins body, be requested to act as Agents for the school, and lay 
the subject fully before their respective charges and congregations, 
and ascertain what can be done in the premises, and report to the next 
Session of this Association. 

Resolved, That the bonds already obtained, be presented by the per- 
sons authorized to do so, to those who made them, with a request that 
said bonds shall still be in force, with leave to extend the time of their 
maturity ; and if those who made the bonds are unwilling to renew or 
pay them, to return them. 

On motion, Elders H. Lennon, F. Lennon, B. Williams, T. A. Nor- 
ment and Ewen Johnson, were appointed a Board of Trustees for this 
school. 

Resolved^ That as Brother E, M. McEacken, has now a school that 
is conducted by himself, and as we know him to be well qualified to 
prepare young men for usefulness in any department of business, or if 
need be, for a collegiate course, we consieer his school well worthy 



the patronage of the denomination ; therefore, agreed unanimously, 
that we patronize said school until farther steps can be made in rela- 
tion to the High School. 

Agreed to have 2,000 copies of the Minutes published. 

The Clerk is allowed $40 for his services. 

On petition of the church, at Saddle Tree, a letter of Dismission was 
granted her, to join the Cedar Creek Association, 

Made way for the Domestic Mission Board. 

"Went into the election of officers, which resulted in the re-election 
of Elder H. Lennon, President, and B. Freeman, Secretary and Trea- 
surer. 

A. F. Powell, F. Lennon and Elder G, W. Hill, were appointed a 
Committee of Finance. 

The churches were then called in order, and the following sums res- 
pectively, were paid in, tc wit : 

Ashpole, . 

Antioch, 

Big Branch, 

Mt, EUam, 

Back Swamp, 

Saddle Tree, . 

Raft Swamp, 

Pleasant Grove, 

Lumberton, 

Beaver Dam, (Columbus,) 

Cherry Grove, 

Cross Roads, . 

Macedonia, . 

Iron Hill M Roads, . 

Mt, Moriah, 

Mt. Tabor, 

Mt. Zion, . 

Pleasant Plains, 

Porter Swamp, . 

Pleasant Hill, 

Orange Stree , . 

Honey Camp, 

$204 45 



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. $16 00 




10 00 




. 11 65 




5 00 




6 50 




6 00 




. 5 00 




6 50 




. 16 05 




.,r 5 00 




. 5 00 




10 00 




. 5 00 




5 00 




. 3 50 




5 00 




. 20 00 




15 00 




. 7 00 




21 25 




. 15 00 




5 00 



10 



Amount brought forward, 
United Cliurche?, 
Springfield, 

Lebanon, .... 
White Oak, 
Seven Creeks, . , 

Wliite Marsh, 
"Western Pronff, 
Beaver Dam, (Bladen,) 
Shady Grove, 
Brier Branch, . 
Hickorj Grove, 
Shiloh, 
'\Vhite Lake, 
Bethel, . 
Beaulali, 
Cheerful Hope, 
Mt. Pisgah, 
New Britain, 
Shallotte, . 
Union, . 
Friendship, 
Bryan's Chapel, 
Bear Swamp, 
Little River, . 
Spring Branch, 
Salem, . 
Piney Grove, 
Paradise, 

The Congregation at Jordan's School House, 
Absolom Pov.-ell, 
J. G. Powell, . 
H. Lenn.on, 
R. ^7ooten, 
A. F. Powell, 
D. F. Williamson, 
G. W, Lennon, 



$204 


45 


. 5 


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6 


25 


. 10 


00 


5 


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. 5 


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11 


00 


. 10 


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11 


83 


5 


65 


5 


00 


. 10 


05 


11 


00 


5 


90 


10 


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. 15 


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10 


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2 


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7 


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. 7 


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5 


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. 10 


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10 


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. 11 


05 


10 


00 


. 10 


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9 


25 


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9 


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6 


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5 


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5 


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5 


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5 


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5 


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5 


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3 


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Total 



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Amouut brou2;lit forward, .... 

Wm. Kinjan, . . ..... 

T. S. Memory, . . . . 

Bladen Union, . . . . 

Accounted for by Elder Jesse Rogers after settlement, 

Total, $496 14 

Called on the Itenerants to report. 

Elder G. W. Hill, reported. Report received and ordered to be 
appended to the Minutes. (See Appendix.) 

Elder H. Lennon made a verbal report, that he had attended at Fair 
Blulf six days, and at Elizabethtown tour days, making in all ten days' 
service. 

Elder Jesse Rogers reported. Report received. (See Appen- 
dix.) 

Elder J. H. Cobb's report was handed in by Elder Lennon, which 
was received. (See Appendix.) 

Appointed an Executive Conimitree, as follows: Elder H. Lennon, 
F. Lennon, B. Freeman, A. R. Pitman, Wm. T. Frink, R. ^L 
McRackan and A. F. Powell. 

Tiie Committee of Finance reported. Report received. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay the Missionaries, pro rata. 

Adjourned until the next session of the Association. 

The Association re-assembled immediately on the adjournment of 
tlie Board. 

The Committee of Finance reported : 

The amount sent up by the churches for the Minute Fund, $90 00 

Sabbatb contribution, 68 35 

Called for reports on the subjects specified heretofore. 

Report on Ministerial Educj\tio^ re^d and received, and ordered to 
be appended to the Minutes. 

Report on Colportage made. It was figreed to raise a Committee 
on Colportage, whose business shall be to have the entire control of 
that department, and make their report to the next sessioi^ of tbis body i 
whereupon, the iollo\ying were appointed said comnnttee, to wit : 

Elder H. Lennon, R. M. McRackan, T. A- Norment, R. "^Yooten^ 
A. F. Powell, Elder R. M, Sessom, and F. Lennon ; and the repoi't, 
referred to them. 



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Report of Committee on Ordination made and received. (See Ap- 
pendix.) 

Report en Foreign Missions read and received. (See Appendix.) 
Report on Periodicals made and received. (See x\ppendix.) 
lieport of Committee to nominate messengers to corresponding sister 
Associations made their reporc. Adopted. 

The following smns for the Bible cause were paid in, to wit : 

Ashpole Clmrch, . . • $6 30 

Bear Swamp Church, . . . 

Elder H. Lennon, ■ . ... . ■ 

-Daniel Stanaland, .... 

R. M. McRackan, . . . . . , . 

J. W. Gore, . . . . . 

A. F. Powell, ..... 

Total, $17 20 

^^'llieh amount was paid over to the Moderator, with instructions to 
forward to Baptist State Convention. 
y Agreed that the Moderator select the delegates to attend the Bap- 
tist State Convention. 

The following resolution was offered by Elder A. P, Eepiton, and 
unanimously adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are due, and are here- 
by tendered to the bretliren and friends of this vicinity, for the very kind 
and hospitable manner in which we have been entertained. 

The Officers of this body are constituted an Executive Committee, 
who are to arrange all unfinished business. 

After siHging the famdiar hymn, " Blest be the tie that binds," &c., 
and prayer by the Moderator, the session was formally adjourned to 
time and place specified. HAYNES LENNOX, MocTr. 

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REPORT OF ELDER G. W. HILL. 

Dear Beethren : 

Soon after my appointment by the Board, I began to supply some 
of the destitute Churches in my field of labor ; a,nd in the opening of 
the Spring, I commenced visiting all the Churches assigned me. Some 
of them I found in a very cold condition and destitute of pastors, which 
I endeavored to supply by holding conferences and assisting in the ex- 
ecution of disciphne, and in procuring pastoral supplies where practi- 
cable. I have been kindly and warmly received by the brethren of 
the different Churches. My congregations have been as good as could 
reasonably be expected under the circumstances. xVlthougli my labors 
have not been attended with very flattering results, jet I have indica- 
tions which lead me to believe they have not been in vain, and have 
reason to thank God and take courage, 

I have travelled 113 days, including the allowance made for rest 
clays. Baptized eleven persons while in the service of the Board. 

I refer you to the following statement for the amount received from 
the churches: 

Shallotte, - " - - $2 75 

Mt. Pisgah, ■ - - ' . 2 75 

Paradise, - • • • 9 00 

ML Moriah, - - . - - 3 50 



Total, - - - $18 00 

In conclusion, dear brethren, permit me to return my thanks for the 
confidence and esteem reposed by you on me as your Missionary. 
All of which is respectfully submitted by your unworthy servant. 

G. W. HILL. 



17 

REPORT OF ELDER JESSE ROGERS, 

To the Domestic Mission Board in connection with the 

Cape Fear BaiAist Association : 

Dear Bretiirex : — Soon after our last Association, I engaged in 
the duties assigned me by the Board. My first efforts were to impress 
on the minds of the Churches the necessity of regular prayer meetings, 
and the importance of Sabbath Schools. 

I had much opposition to meet and persecution to bear; and owing 
to the wet season, high waters and miry roads, I had much suffering to 
endure. But by the blessing of God, I was enabled to persevere until 
the 19th of February, when calling by home to see my little family, 
to my great sorrow and grief, I found my aged wife ]->rostrated with 
something like congestive fever, and apparently near her end. I was 
compelled to stop. I watched long by her bedside with anxious and 
painful solicitude. At length, by the blessuig of God, her disease 
gave way, so that on the 9th of April I again attended my appoint- 
ments; and in view of having been so long from my congregations, I 
endeavored to preach twice a day as often as practicable, for four or 
five weeks, when I sank down myself, and had again to stop, at which 
time I had some appointments published, that I thought so important 
for them to be attended, that I employed Bro. Z. Bullock, to attend 
them for me. He travelled five days and preached five sermons, 
which resulted in some happy meetings--the further advancement of 
our blessed cause, and the baptism of two hopeful converts, As soon 
as I thought I could ride, I again attended my appointments, and by 
the blessing of God, have been enabled to persevere ever since. I 
have travelled, (including rest days) 288 days, preached 255 sermons, 
baptized 14 persons, constituted 3 churches, visited many families, and 
have had many interesting interviews with individuals. I have re- 
ceived from the churches $43,90, for which I have given them re- 
ceipts. 

And now, as regards the future prospects of my field of labor, some 
part of it is rather discouraging. Some of the churches do not attend 
well on week days; but in the lower and destitute part, it is truly en- 
couraging. My meetings have been (generally) well attended, and 
often interesting ; and although we have not received many members, 
yet in the midst of opposition, and persecution, the blessed cause of 
truth has marched forward with firm and intrepid steps, before which 
error is fast giving way. 



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In view of the above, I hope the Board will endeavor to keep some 
able, faithful, zealous, self-denying minister in the field : one who is 
calculated to endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, who 
will not ejipect to be carried to heaven " on flowery beds of ease, 
while others are fighting to win the prize, and saihng through bloody 



seas." 



All of which is humbly and respectfully submitted, with the grati- 
tude of your unworthy servant, for the confidence reposed in him, and 
the blessings that have attended his weak efforts. 

And now, may the God of Missions bless his own precious cause, 
until " the desert rejoice and bloom as the rose," is the prayer of 

JESSE ROGERS. 



REPORT OF ELDER J. H. COBB. 

Dear Brethren : — The first of December last I went to a stand 
in Bladen county, some six miles from Maysville, as your itenerant. 
I found some brethren, and a good congregation, who, by their unani- 
mous vote said, " we want you to make this your place of preaching 
for the year." By the first of March a respectable house of worship 
was occupied tor the first time. On the second of April, with the as- 
sistance of Brethren Wm. H. Howard, and James Cashwell, I consti- 
tuted twenty-two members into a church, by the name of "Bladen 
-■'j'f-'TJnion," fourteen males, eight females. Received by letter since, five, 
baptized one. 

The good congregations that meet there, and the warm, interest- 
ing meetings that I had there last, are truly encouraging. I have 
labored there 23 days^ received $11,91, and promised to serve them, 
as their supply next year. 

This church is worthy of the pfayers and sympathy of their breth- 
ren. 

Respectfully, 

J. H. COBB, 







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REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Education, respectfully submit the 
following : 

As we contemplate " tlie Seld white already to harvest," the mourn- 
ful question forces itself upon' the mind, ''the fathers, where are they?" 
Many of them have departed, and a voice from heaven replies, "they 
rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." The pioneer 
preachers, though dead, yet live — they live in the noble superstruc- 
tures based upon their earnest and self-denying efforts in the cause of 
Christ. Faithfully m their day and generation, they achieved a migli - 
ty work — their influence is still felt in the pulsations of the evangeh- 
cal spirit which now pervades and animates the churches in America. 
These pioneers, adapted to their time and place, were useful men ; what 
they lacked in mental acquisitions, they made up in zeal and spiritual 
power. We revere their memory. 

Yet however great the work they accomplished, what they might 
have done, had they been educated men, we cannot conceive. Our 
fathers felt the need of education, and though most of them were una- 
ble to obtain it themselves, they were zealous and active in laying the 
foundation for schools and colleges, which might remedy, in the com- 
ing ministry, the disadvantages under which they labored. But how- 
ever useful in their day, were those men living noio. they could not 
hope to exert so wide an influence, and accomplish such results. 

The present age demands an educated ministry. The preacher 
must always be in advance of his people, or his teachings and influence, 
not only fail to attract, but also to inspire confidence. Never was 
there an age in which science and art have achieved such victories ; 
aud these victories are not shared by a few ; by their influence the 
taste of the masses has been elevated and improved. 

General learning is universally disseminated^^men read and think, 
and he who essays to instruct them in holy thmgs, must be edu- 
cated. 

The prevalence of error is another call for an educated ministry. — 
The immense immigration to this country of men, deeply dyed with 
German infidelity and Radicalism, is exerting a wide-spread and dele- 
terious influence in many sections of our land. True, the evil influ- 
ence of these men, is in some measure met, retarded, and oftentimes 
'overcome_by the steady, earnest pressure of christian truth. But, the 
great valley of the "West deeply feels the baneful influence of this "bap- 



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tized infidelity." And, then again, from New England, there are issu- 
ing the bitter streams of a corrupted Christianity. The evils from this 
source are the more dangerous, because they come to us clothed as 
angels of light. Specious in their appearance, and adorned with the 
graces of rhetoric, they fascinate and captivate the popular mind. 

The mysteries of Emerson becloud and bewilder thousands. The- 
mad a,nd impious ravings of Parker are consigning to eternal ruin, 
many souls. The old Pantheism of Spinozee, galvanized into life, 
and robed in the glittering garments of Universalism is also destroying- 
its thousands. Spiritualism, with its mistaken, yet zealous votaries, is 
not without influence. This, indeed, seems to be the last times, when, 
as predicted by the Savior, false Christs should arise, and false prophets 
who should show great signs and wonders, insom.uch, that if it were pos- 
sible, they would deceive the very elect, (Mat. xxiv : 24). It is 
sometimes said, that these, heresies are local, and confined to a small 
number. Such is not the fact : that period in their history is passed. 
It is not the ignorant and superstitious alone, who have embraced the 
debasing and sometimes revolting tenets of these systems. Educated 
and cultivated men are found among their advocates; and these disci- 
ples go everywhere promulgating the errors they have adopted. Many 
imbibe the sentiments, who are ignorant even of the names of the 
systems of which they form a part. These errors, centered in the 
idolatrous Athens of America, are continually sending forth their per- 
nicious doctrines in almost every conceivable form. The popular lec- 
turer declares them from the rosti'um. 1 he weekly paper and periodi- 
cal, read at the fireside, contains their poison, hidden in the pleasing 
story and captivating romance. Popular, on account of their lit- 
erary merit, the Atlantic Monthly, and some of our Reviews, with 
with their skilfull}^ concealed skepticism, find their way into thousands 
of families, inculcating doubts^ ridiculing the religion which saved our 
fathers. Even many of the handsomely embellished a,nnuals, which 
grace the parlor table, are tinged with their subtle and corrupting doc- 
trines. 

It is criminal to underrate the influence or the wide prevalence of 
these and other heresies. They must be met, and their fallacies expos- 
ed, both in pulpit and pastoral ministrations. But to accomplish this, 
the church needs men, educated men, of strong intellectual powers, 
disciplined by study, men who shall be able to penetrate. the lurking 
places of these errors, and drag them to the light. 



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An educated ministry tlien, is demanded by the age, to meet and 
satisfy the cultivated popular taste, to defend the faith once delivered 
to the saints, and to carry on an aggressive warfare xvitli the hydra- 
headed monster of modern skepticism. 

The christian public has felt this demand, and the call has been heed- 
ed. Numerous institutions ai'e rising all over our land, where the com- 
ing ministry may receive an education adequate to the wants of the 
present age. The Baptists have not been remiss, but have nobly res- 
ponded to the call. Among the many institutions of learning which 
are now the pride of our denomination, a new and noble school, adapt- 
ed to meet this demand of the age, and of th.e South, has taken its 
place. Located at Greenville, S. C.-, the Southern Baptist Theologi- 
cal Seminary, is now in successful operation. Its corps of officers are 
men whose piety und talents are well and widely known to the deno- 
mination. The course of instruction pursued, comprehends all the 
branches necessary to a complete and thorough theological training. — 
This institution, and the Wake Forest College, eminently adapted a? 
they are, to meet the disadvantages which our fathers experienced, (our 
State institutions fitting the student for a successful prosecution of his 
studies in the Theological Seminary,) we heartily commend to the 
prayers and patronage of this Association. 

JOHN B.;T. PATTERSON, ) 

A. R. PITMAM, f Com. 

a W. HILL. ) 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORDINATION. 

Your Committee to examine candidates for the Ministry, have had 
before them Bro. Matthew R. IMartin, and have examined liim on his 
christian experience, call to the ministry, and views of doctrine as re- 
corded in God's word, and believed in by us as Baptists, and finding 
him sound in faitli, and having received a promise from him, to study 
to show himself approved of God, &c., do recommend his ordination to 
the ministry of God's word. 

A. PAUL REPITON. Ch'm. 



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EEPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

"Whereas, we deplore the fact, ^that about 600 millions of heathen, 
and 200 millions of Papists, are without the Gospel,, to say nothing of 
the thousonds of professed or practical infidels, and religionists in Eu- 
rope and America, all rushing into the depths of woe. Be it, the3;e-. 
for?. 

Resolved^ That all the Pastors of the churches be requested to pre- 
sent and enforce the claims of the Board of Foreign Missions, upon the 
churches. And, that each churcli member be requested to send this 
body at least 50 cents each, for the express purpose of Foreign Mis- 
sion uses, as this will give the servant, as well as the master, an oppor- 
tunity to help the heathen out of their pit. Since God measured his 
love for us, by giving his Son as our ransom, and Abraham measured 
his love for his God by giving his son Isaac, we also should listen to 
Jesus, who says, " freely ye. have received,freely give." 

All of which is respectfully submitted by 

J. F. B. MAYS, Chm'n. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

Your Committee on Periodicals beg leave to report a& follc^s: 
That we are at a loss to know what to write, as tliere has been so 
many able reports made on the subject; but, would simply say, that 
it is through the press that we expect, to a great extent, to enlighten 
the world. And one of the best means tO: accomplish this end is, dis- 
semination of a good religious newspaper, and in doing this we, as a 
denomination, should by all means, yea, it is our imperative duty, to 
patronize such Journals and Periodicals as are publi.-hed by the de- 
nomination ; for how are we to know what is doing in the religious 
world except we take and read sucli papers as will impart to us that 
knowledge ? And not only can we be posted up in these matters, but 
how frequently are our heai'ts cheered by the glorious intelligence of 
hundreds and thousands being brought to a saving knowledge of the 
truth, as it is in Jesus. And besides this, there are many passages of 
Scripture exphiined by the best talent the denomination has through- 
out the wliole country ; to say nothing of the general news items at 
home and abroad. 

It does seem to your Committee that there can be no excuse from 
any one, to live in ignoraAce UQW^ fox tbe pricea of a great number of 



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our periodicals are such, as to put it in the reach of every one to read 
some well-conducted paper; and we deem it almost criminal in any 
parent in these enlightened times, to rear a family without first giving 
them^such ?n education as will enable them to read, and then give 
them such Periodicals as shall make them equal in point of intelligenco 
wth their neighbors. 

In view of the foregoing, we offer the following resolutions : 

.Resolved^ That as a Denominational paper, we know the " Biblical 
Recorder," (a paper published herein the "old North State" by a 
Southern Editor, and one in whom we have the utmost confidence,) 
to be well conducted in every point of view, and has peculiar claims 
on every Baptist, not only in the bounds of this Association, but eve- 
ry one in the State. 

Hesolved, That we cannot too highly appreciate the "Recorder," 
and most heartily and cordially recommend our brethren to give it 
their undivided support. 

Resolved, That the "Tennessee Baptist," a paper published by Messrs. 
Graves, Marks & Co., Nashville, Tenn., we consider not only a well 
conducted journal in every other respect, but one that sets forth the 
distinctive principles of the denomination in the clearest light, and is 
also one of its most fearless defenders, and therefore recommend it to 
be highly worthy of our patronage. 

.Resolved, That the "Southern Baptist Review," published at the 
same house is well worthy of our consideration. 

Resolved, That the "Home and Foreign Journal" should not be for- 
gotten by us. 

AH which is respectfulljr submitted, 

COMMITTEE. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE TO NOMINATE MESSENGERS 
TO SISTER ASSOCIATIONS. 

To Cedar Creek — Elders P. Prevatt, I. Stone, and brethren James 
Humphre}^, Jolui Monroe, and James Blount. To write the letter, 
James Plumphrey. 

To IJnion— Elders A. Paul Repiton, IT. Lennon, J. B. T. Patter- 
son. Brother P. Lennon to write the letter. 

To the Pee Dee—Elder P. C. Connelly, and brethren Jacob Tliomj)- 
son, John B. Thompson, and Norman Martin. Elder Connelly to 
write the letter, 

To Welsh, Neck— ^Elder Jesse Rogers, Noel Bullock, and bretliren 



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A. R. Pitman, Isham Pitman, and Joseph Thompson. To ■write the 
letter. Elder H. Lennon. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

"W. B. BULLARD, Chm'n. 



REPORT OK" COLPORTAGE. 

There are thousands in our State who cannot be reached by the or-- 
dinarj system of preaching the gospel, because they will not come to 
hear it. 

The Colportage system supplies this defect by the Colporters visit- 
ing from house to house, telling the people of the good news of salva- 
tion by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, and leaving in their hands 
tlie word of God, or some other good book to point to the Saviour, 

There is a great responsibility resting upon the churches in this mat- 
ter — there are hundreds of neglected persons and families within the 
bounds of this Association, whose very condition says that "No man 
cares for my soul." They are starving for the bread of life, and no 
nan gives unto them. This Association ousrht to have annuallv not 
less than three Colporters, which would not cost more than Seven 
Hundred Dollars, and if they would do their duty, they would do as 
much for Christ, as any four ministers within our bounds. 

Your Committee would recommend that immediate measures be 

now adopted to secure the services of Colporters to labor within our 

bounds in connection with the N. C. Baptist State Convention. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. S. PUREFOY, Chmu. 



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A DIGEST OF THE STATE OP RELIGION IN THE ASSO- 
CIATION, AS INDICATED BY THE CHURCH LETTERS. 

Antiocli — Is in a healthy condition, lias had but few accessions the 
past year, and has been under the necessity of executing discipline on 
some of her members. Has a Bible class. Elder H. Lennon is Sup- 
ply. 

Ashpole — Has enjoj'cd some delightful seasons, and a goodly num- 
ber have been added by baptism, but mourn the loss of three of their 
number by death, among whom is the aged and much esteemed Bro. 
Elias Pitman. Elder William Ayres is Pastor. Have had the labors 
of Elder P. C. Connelly a portion of the year. 

Back Swamp — As usual sends pleasing intelligence. A considera- 
ble number have been added by baptism. Elder P. B. Connelly i? 
Pastor. 

Bear Swamp — Is in peace and harmony. Brother Noel Bullock 
has been ordained to the ministry. Elder William Ayres is Supply. 

Beaver Dam, (Bladen) — Nothing special Is in peace and love. — 
Elder William Ayres is Supply. 

leaver Dam, (Columbus) — Communicates notliing very interesting. 
Has regular prayer meetings every Sabbath, and Sunday Scliool du- 
ring the warm season. Elder A. M. Noble is Pastor. 

Big Branch — Has had some difficulties to contend with, and regret? 
that discipline had to be enforced on some of her members. Is now in 
in a prosperous and healthy condition. Has a Bible class ; and has 
the word faithfully preached by Elder H. Lennon, the Supply. 

Brier Branch — Has nothing interesting. Has dismissed a consider 
rable number to join other churches. Elder William Ayres is Sup- 
ply. 

Bethel — Seems to be stationary. Elder D. B. Ayres is Supply. 

Beulali — Complains of coldness and want of more zeal in the cause. 
Has sustained by death the loss of one of their Deacons, Brother Wm. 
Frink. Has a Sabbath Tchool Elder D. B. Ayres is Pastor. 

Bryan's Chapel — Is at peace among themselves. Elder G. W. 
Plill is Supph'. 

Cheerful Hope — Is at peace, with some symptoms for good. Has a 
Sabbath School. Elder G. W. Lennon is Pastor. 

Cherry Grove — Has taken down her harps from the willows. A 
gracious revival has been experienced. Elder Zadoc Bullock is Sup- 



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Cross Roads — Has enjoyed a gracious revival. Has a Bible class 
and regular prayer meetings. Elder H Lennon is Supply. 

Friendship — Peace and union abound. Elder D. B. Ayres is Sup- 
ply. 

Hickory Grove — Has again enjoyed quite a refreshing season. Elder 
Furney Prevatt is Supply. 

Honey Camp — Is in peace. Elder Z. Bullock is Supply. 

Iron Hill Cross Roads — Is rejoicing in a happy revival. Peace and 
good order now characterize tiie body. Elder David N. Gore is 
Pastor. 

Lebanon — "Was regularly constituted on the 2Sth of July last. El- 
der Jesse Rogers, Pastor. 

Lumberton — Is steadily increasing, and is endeavoring to keep the 
unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace. Has a Bible class and Sab. 
bath School. Elder H. Lennon is Supplj'-. 

Little, Ri^er — Complains of coldness, and asks for the prayers of 
God's people that his work may be revived among them. Elder D. 
B. Ayres is Supply. 

Macedonia (Columbus) — Is in peace. Elder Z. Bullock is suppL|. 

Macedonia, (S. C.) — Has become extinct. 

Mill Creek — (Not represented.) 

Mount Eliam — Brings again the happy intelligence of a gracious 
outpouring of the Spirit. Elder Isham Stone is Pastor, 

Mount Pisgah — No representation. 

Mt. Sinai — Is rejoicing in the blessedness of the outpouring of the 
H)ly Spu-lt. Elder D. J. Riy is Supply. 

Mt. Tabor — 'Rejoices that they are m peace one with another. No 
Pastor nor Supply. 

Mt. Zion — Complains of not being regularly supplied with preach- 
ing. Has neither Pastor or Supply, but is in peace among themselves. 

New Britain — Peace and harmony abound. Has a Sabbath School. 
Elder Joel Bennett is Pastor, 

Orange Street — Has been imder the painful necessity of executing 
extreme discipline on several of her members. Elder J. B. T. Patter- 
son is now Pastor. 

Paradise— Constituted on the 23d day of Nov., 1859, with 12 
members. Elder D. J. Ray is Supply. 

Piney Grove, (S. C.,) — Constituted on tlie 20th day of August, 1859, 
with 9 members. There seems to bo no Pastor nor Supply. 



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Pleasant Grove — Has again been visited with copious outpourings 
of the Holy Spirit, and considerable accessions to her members. Eld- 
er E. D. Johnson is Supply. 

Pleasant Hill — Complains of coldness. Craves an interest in the 
prayers of the Association. Elder D. J. Ray is Pastor. 

Pleasant Plains — Has had few cases of disciphne, and is free from 
difficulties. Elder D. J. Ray is Supply. 

Porter Swamp — Nothing of special interest. Elder Gr. W. Hill is 
Supply. 

Raft Swamp — Exhibits quite a pleasing state of things. Elder E. 
D. Johnson is Pastor. 

Saddle Tree — Communicates nothing of special interest. Elder F. 
Prevatt has been the supply the past year. 

Salem — Complains of coldness, and much opposion to contend witli. 
Has neither Pastor or Supply. 

Shady Grove — Has been blessed with considerable preaching and 
some accessions to their numbers. Elder Isham Stone is supply, 

Shallotte — Makes satisfactory acknowledgements to the Association, 
and is restored back to its fellowship. Complaius of coldness, but is 
looking forward to a better tune. Plas no Pastor. 

Shiloh — Has gradually increased. Elder Wm. B. BuUardhas been 
the Supply the past year. 

Seven Creeks — No material change. Destitute of a Pastor, Has 
a Sabbath School. 

Spring Branch — Has large and attentive congregations on Sabbath. 
Elder P. Prevatt has been Supply the past .year. 

Sprmgfield — Gives the liappy intelligence of her improved condi- 
tion. Elder Wm. Ayres is Supply. 

Union — Speaks of some awakening among the colored part of the 
congregation. Elder D. B. Ayres is Pastor. 

United Church — Has nothing special. Has some dilliculties to con- 
tend with. Craves an interest in the prayers of the Association. — 
Without Pastor or Supply. 

White Lake — Are at peace among themselves. Has good congre- 
gations. Elder P. Prevatt is supply. 

Western Prong. — Nothing important. Elder G. W. Hill, is S.ipply. 

White Marsh. — Notliing special. Elder D. N. Gore is Supply. 

White Oak, — Constituted on the 28th day of July last. Has had 
some accessions. Elder Wm. B. BuUard is supply. 
Mount Moriah — Not represented. 



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REPORT OF TREASURER OF CAPE FEAR ASSOCIA 

ATION. 

BEXJAMIN FREEMAN, THEASUEER. 

Oct. 1859. To amount sent hy t.lie churches for Minute 

Fund, $90 00 

CONTRA. 

1859. Paid for Printing these Minutes, - - $60 GO 
" " Clerk for his services, - - 40 00 



Due Clerk, SlO 00 

Respectfully submitted, 



B. FREEMAN, Treasurer. 



REPORT OF TREASURER OF DOMESTIC MISSION 
BOARD IN CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

BENJAMIN FREEMAN, TREASURER. 

1859. To amount remaining in hands of Treasurer - $ 27 28 
" " Contributed by churches and indivi- 
duals, 496 14 

To araonnt of Sabbath Collection,- - - 68 35 



$591 11 

' CONTRA. 

Oct. 1859. Amount paid Elder Jesse Rogers, $35120 

" ,. " G. W. Hill, - 60 80 
" " " " J. H. Cobb, - • 34 50 

" H. Lennon, - 15 00 

$561 50 



i( ii 



Bill, in the hands of the Treasurer. - - - . $30 27 

Respectfully submitted, 

B. FREEMAN, Treasurer, 



29 
LIST OF ORDAINED MINISTERS' NAMES. 

NAMES^ ♦ POST OFFICES. 

Ayres, William, Floydsville, Marion District, S. C. 

Ayres, D. B. Little River, Horry District, m " 

Bennett, Joel Beach's P. 0., Columbus county, N. C. 

BuUard, W. B. - - - - Leesville, Robeson county, " 

Bullock, Z. - ' - - - - Fair Bluff, Columbus county, " 

Bullock, Noel, Floydsville, Marion District, S. C. 

Connelly, P. C. Montpelier, Richmond county, N. C. 

Dusenbury, Samuel, - - - Bucksville, Horry District, S. C. 

Hill, G. W. Pleasant Plains, Columbus county, " 

Gore, D. N. Whitevillc, , " " ' " 

Harrelson, John . - - - " " u u 

Johnson, E. D. .... Lumberton, Robeson county, " 

Lennon, G. "W. Robeson's P. 0., Brunswick co,, " 

Lennon, Playnes - - . . Big Swamp, Columbus county, " 

Noble, A. M. Fair Bluff, 

Prevatt, Furney .... Lumberton, Robeson " " 

Patterson, J. B. F. - ■ - - Wilmington, New Hanover " " 

Ray, D. J. - Whiteville, Columbus " " 

Repiton, A. Paul, .... Wilmington, New Hanover " " 

Rogers, Jesse Blanton's \^ Roads, Plorry District, S.C. 

Stone, Isham Lumberton, Robeson county, N. C. 

Sessom, R. M. - ■- • - - Bryan Swamp, Bladen " " 



LICENSED MINISTERS' NAMES. 

NAMES, FOST OFFICES. 

Lennon, J. B. Robeson's P. 0., Brunswick cc, N. C. 

Martin, Norman - . . - Leesville, Robeson " " 

Martin, M. R. - - - - - Blanton's ^^ Roads, Horry Dist., S. 0. 

Pitman, A. R. Leesville, Robeson county, N. C. 

Philhps, Daniel " " » <c 

Smith, Ezekiel . . , - . Robeson's P. 0., Brunswick " " 



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J, J, JAMES & J, S. WALTHALL, Editors & Proprietors. 



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the Recorder, we affectionately urge our friends to consider its claims 
to their more liberal patronage ,• and as we trust its circulation will be 
extended greatly beyond its present list, we would ask attention to the 
facilities .offered to advertisers in its weekly issues. We assure our 
patrons that we will use every exertion in our power, to furnish a 
good family paper, and give satisfaction in all Job work and advertis- 
ing entrusted to our care. We hope to be encouraged by a generous 
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MINUTES 



OF THE 



FIFTY-SIXTH SESSIOi^ 



OF THE 



^ap imx Japtist l^ssraatimi, 



HELD WITH THE OHTJECH AT 



Porter Swamp, Columbus Co., IT. C.,. 



October 2T, 2§, 29 ajid 30, 1§60. 



EALEIGH: 

PEmTED AT THE BIBLICAL BECOEDBE OFFICE,. 
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Saturday, October 27tli, 1860. 
The introductory sermon was delivered, according to ap- 
pointment, by Elder "G. W. Hill from Isaiah 60 : 1 — " Arise, 
shine ; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is ris- 
en upon thee." 

After an intermission of fifteen minutes the Association was 
called to order by the Moderator. The names of the church- 
es were called, and there being a majority present, the Mode^ 
rator read appropriate portions of Scripture, and aft ei* singing 
a hymn, the Divine direction was invoked by Elder H. Me- 
Alpin. 

Brethren G. W. Hill, A. F. Powell and Bw-en Johnson were 
Appointed a committee of Finance. 

On motion, the church letters were called for and read. 
It was agreed to have two Assistant Clerks. Brethren A. 
R. Pitman and David Oashwell were appointed. 

It being made known that matters of a disorderly character, 
contrary to the laws of this State, existed on the ground, a 
committee of Yie:ilance, consisting of brethren J. G. Powel], 
G. Williams, J. W. Gore, Rowland Mercer^ Allen Waltoib 
and B. D. Meares, were appointed. 

After the reading of letters, and recording the names oi 
delegates, proceeded to the election of officers, when Elder 
Haynes Lennon was elected Moderator by acclamation, B. 
Freeman Clerk and Treasurer, Brethren A. R. Pitman and 
D. Cashwell Assistant Clerks. 

An invitation was then extended to corresponding Associa- 
tions, when Elder Hugh McAlpin, and Bro. — Brown pre- V/ 
sented themselves from the Union Association, and were cor- X 
dially received. A package of Minutes from the Peedee As- > 
sociation were handed in by brother Jacob Thompson, El- 
der J. J. James from the Raleigh Association presented him- 
self, and the right hand of fellowship extended to him. 

Newly constituted churches were then called for, when Piney 
Grove, of All Saints Parish, S. C, presented herself with let- 
ter aiid delegate. The reception of this church was deferred 
Tmtil Monday. 



Brethren J. G. Ftjwell, B. Freeman, B. "Williams, John 
Monroe and E. Johnson were appointed a committee to sup- 
ply the stage during the session of the Association. 

Agreed to raise committees to write on the various subjects 
generally discussed in this body, when the following were 
announced, to wit : 

On the examination of ministers to ordination — Elders A 
Paul Bepiton, J. J. James and G. W. Hill, 

Committee of Arrangements^B. Freeman, A. R. Pittman, 
and D. Cashwell. 

Ministerial Education — Elders J. J. James and H. McAl- 
pin, and brother A. F. Powell. 

Baptist State Convention — Brethren R. M. McRackan, J.. 
C. Powell, and Elder B. N. Gore. 

Colportage— Elders G. W. Hill, P. C. Connelly, and F. 
Prevatt. 

Periodicals — Elders A. Paul Eepiton, R. M, Sessom, and 
brother D. F. Williamson. 

On motion, 

Resolved^ That half an hour of each day after to-morrow be devoted to 
religious exercises. 

Adjourned until 9 1-2 o'clock, Monday morning. Prayer 
by Elder D. B, Ayres. 



Sab-bath, October 28, 1860. 

Agreeable to previous appointment. Elder A. Paul Repi- 
ton delivered a discourse on " Baptism," from Matthew 28 :. 
19, 20 — " Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing- 
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the 
Holy Ghost : teaching them to observe all things whatsoever 
I have commanded you : and, lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world. Amen." 

Elder PI. Lennon then preached the Missionary sermon, 
from the Ylth chapter of Psalms, and part of the 22d verse — ■ 
" Arise, O God, plead thy own cause." After this sermon a. 
collection was taken up in aid of Home Missions amounting 
to $32 95. 

After an intermission of 25 minutes, the congregation re- 
assembled, and were addressed by Elder H. McAlpin from 



the 6tli chapter of Romans, and 23d verse : " For the wages 
of sin is death ; but the ^ift of God is eternal life through Je- 
sus Christ our Lord." 



Monday, Oct. 29th, '9 1-2 o'clock, A. M. 

Met according to adjournment, and in accordance with the 
order of Saturday, one half hour was devo-ted to religious ex- 
ercises, in which the Moderator, Elders Connelly and Repiton 
participated. 

The Association now being in readiness for business, Elder . ^ 
A. Paul Repiton introduced to the body Elder T. E. Skinner, ^ 
from the Raleigh Association. 

Called for th'e letter and delegate from Piney Grove. 

On motion, the letter was received and the delegate, broth- 
er M. A. Hinds, received the right hand of fellowship, and 
the church recomized as a member of this body. 

Committee of Arrangements reported. Report received, ^^. 
with an amendment to the effect that Elder T. E. Skinner \ 
have an opportunity to make known to this body the object 
of his mission. 

A matter of grievance by the Union church against the 
Beulah church was laid before this body, and after some dis- 
cussion, it was agreed to raise and send a committee whose ' 
duty it shall be to visit those churches with a view to a pro- 
per adjustment and reconciliation of the matter now so un- 
happily existing between them, when the following were an- 
nounced as that committee, to wit : Elmers A. Paul Rej)iton, 
G. W. Lennon, G. W. Hill, W. B. Bullard, P. C. Connelly, 
D. J. Ray and F. Prevatt, a majority of whom are empower- 
ed to act and report to the next session of this body. 

On motion, VV, J. Stanly was recognized as a delegate from 
the church at Liiile River. 

Elder F. Prevatt, and brethren John Monroe and Norman 
Martin, were appointed a committee to select Messengers to 
Corresponding Associatiens. 

The next session of this body to be held with the church at 
Antioch, Robeson county, to commence on Friday before the 
fourth Sabbath in Octobei', 1861. Services to commence at 
JO i-t3 o'clock, A. M, 



Elder Fornej Prevatt to preach the Introductory sermon. 
E. D. Johnson, Alternate. 

Elder A. Paul Eepiton to preach a sermon on the Evidences 
of Christianity on Sabbath at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Elder P. C. Connelly to preach a Missionary sermon at 12 
O'clock. 

The Association then gave way to the remarks of Elder T. 
E. Skinner, on the subject of the " Raleigh Baptist Female 
Seminary." After the ]-emarks of Elder S., the following 
persons took stock in said institution, to Avit : 

Elder Haynes Lennon, $100 

Brother A. F. Powell, 100 

" J. W. Gore, ' 100 

Agreed to have 2,000 copies of these Minutes printed and 
distributed as heretofore. 

Gave way for a meeting of the Domestic Mission Board- 
Elder G. W. Hill, A. F. Powell and E. Johnson, were appoint- 
ed a Committee of Finance. 

The churches were then called in order, and the followiag 
sums respectively paid in, to wit : 



Ashpole, 

Antioch, 

Big Branch, 

Mount Eliam, 

Back Swamp, 

Raft Swamp, 

Pleasant Grove, 

Lumber ton, 

Cherry Grove, 

Cross Roads, 

Macedonia, 

Iron Hill Cross Roads, 

Mount Zion, 

Pleasant Plains, 

Porter Swamp, 

Pleasant Hill, 

Piney Grove (Marion), 

Honey Camp, 

Spring Branch, 

•Spring Field, 

Total, 



$10 
15 
12- 

10 

7 
6 
8 

3 
10 

5 
10 
20 

5 
12 
14 
10 

5 
10 

5 



75 [Seven Creeks, 
■io White Marsh, 
00 VVestern Prong,, 
60 Beaver Dam, 
50 iBrier Branch, 
00 iHickorv Grove, 
00 White Lake, 
85 Paradise, 
00 White Oak, 
50 Bethel, 
00 Cheei-ful Hope, 
00 iXew Britain, 
00 Union, 



5 25 
5 00 

11 50 

12 45 
5 00 

10 00 



5 
5 
4 
4 



00 
00 
50 

00 



10 00 
00 



00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
T5 



o 
5 



00 



Friendship, 
Orange Street, 
Bear Swamp, 
Lebanon, 
Piney Gr've (All 
Wm. L. DuBois, 
Chesnut Todd, 



5 00 
15 00 
10 00 
10 00 

Saints), 5 00 
1 00 
1 00 

$331 10 



In addition to the foregoing, Elder Connelly accounted to 
the Board for the sum of $36. (See his report.) 

Went into tlie election of officers. Elder II. Lennon was 
unanimously elected President, and B. Freeman, Secretary 
and Treasurer. 

Called on the Missionaries to report. 

Elder P. C. Connelly made his report. Report received 
and ordered to be appended to these Minutes. (See Appen- 
dix.) 

Agreed to raise a committee to procure the services of a 
Missionary the ensuing year. The following brethren were 
announced said committee, to wit : P. M. McEackan, A. F. 
Powell, J. Monroe, Ewen Johnson and R. Mercer ; and, on 
motion, the Moderator was added to the committee. 

Adjourned until to-morrow at such time as the Association 
may give way for tlie meeting of the Board. 

The Association then came immediately into session. 

Called for the report on the Baptist State Convention. 

This report drew out some discussion, when the following 
re-solution was was passed, and tlie report received and order- 
ed to be appended to these Minutes. (See Appendix.) 

Resolved, That the Moderator of this Association be requested to corres- 
pond with the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College, and ascertain 
■xvhether or not the four hundred and fifty dollars ($450) paid into ^lat 
Board bj'' us, has not, with the interest "(vhich has accrued thereon, amoun- 
ted to a sum sufficient to entitle us to a scholarship in that Institution, and 
report to this body- the result of said correspondence. 

Called for the report on Ministerial Education. Report 
received and its appendage ordered. (See Appendix.) 
Adjourned until 9 1-2 o'clock to-morrow morning. 
Prayer by Elder T. E. Skinner. 



Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 9 1-2 o'clock, A. M. 

The morning exercises were conducted by the Moderator, 
and participated in by Elders Johnson and Hill. 

Called on the Committee of Arrangements to report. Re- 
port received and made the order of the day. 

Called on the Committee en Colporrage to report. Report 
received, and after some very instructive, and, as we tru&t, 
beneticial remarks from Elder Skinner, and other brethren, 



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Aiitiocli, 
Big Branch, 
Mt. Eliam, 

Raft Swamp, 

Lumherton, 
Cross Eoads, 
Porter Swamp, 



Western Prong, 
PUckorv Grove, 
Sldloh," 



u 






a 



u. 



a 



a 






a 



a 



u 



■a 



a 






a 



(paid) 
(paid) 



(paid) 
(paid) 



(p?id) 



00 
00 
00 
00 

00 
00 
00 
00 
00 



was ordered to be appended to these Minutes. (See Appen- 
dix.) 

Elder H. Lennon made a verbal report of the Colportage 
Committee for the past year, from which it appeared that a 
de])t had been incurred for books. A call was made to raise 
funds to relieve the Committee of the indebtedness, when the 
following churches, by their delegates, and also individuals 
on their own account, came forward and subscribed the re- 
spective amounts thereunto annexed, which is pledged to be 
paid by the first day of January, 1861 : 
Asliepole, pledged by A. R. Pitman, 

R. Mercer, 

B. Williams, 

Isham Stone, 

P. C. Connelly, (paid) 

F. Prevatt, 

Norman Martin, (paid) 
B, Preeman, 
M. Powell, 
A. F. Powell, 
J. W. Gore, 
R. D. Best, 
Brethren present, 
E. Johnson, 
John Monroe, 
W. S. Melvin, 
T. W. Swain, (paid) 

G. "W". Lennon, (paid) 

A. Paul Repiton, 
Sprinij Branch, pledged by Henry Enzor, 

M. A. Hinds, 
T. W. Ayres, 
Alva Sellers, 
G. W. Hill, 
IS^oel Bullock, 
- EldT.E.Skinner,(paid 

" H. Lennon, (paid) 

B. S. Jones, 
R. M. McRackan, 
Elder W. B. Bullard, 
A. R. Pitman, 



$5 

5 

5 

2 

5 

5 

5 
10 

5 
10 00 

3 00 

2 00 
20 00 
10 00 

5 00 

1 00 

5 00 

5 00 
10 00 
10 00 



1 
1 
1 
1 
1 
1 

10 

1 



Ot) 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 
00 



Ewen Johnson, {paiA) 



25 00 

3 00 

1 0() 

5 (->■(.) 



Total, 



S170 'X' 



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Appointed ?,n Executive Committee, consisting of Elder H. 
Lennon, E. M. McEackan, T. A. Norment, E. "Wooten, A. 
F. Powell, Elder E. M. Sessoni, and F. Lennon. 

Took np the subject of the Associational High School, and 
after a full and free discussion of the matter, it was indefin- 
itely postponed. 

The resolution of last jear relative to brother McEackan's 
school, with a slight omission, was then adopted as the action 
of this bod_7, and ordered to be embodied in these Minutes, 
which reads as follows : 

Resolved, That as brother Robert M. McRackan, has now a school that 
is conducted by himself, and as we know him to be well qualified to pre- 
pare j'oung men for usefulness in any department of business, or if need 
be, for a collegiate course, we»consider his school well worthy the patron- 
age of the denomination ; therefore, agreed unanimously, that we patron- 
ize said school. 

A letter of dismission was granted to the church at White 
Lake, to join the Cedar Creek Association. 

The Committee of Finance reports $85 sent up by the 
churches for the Minute fund. 

The following brethren were appointed delegates to the 
Baptist State Convention at Goldsboro', to convene on to- 
morrow, to wit : E. M. McEackan, G. W. Hill, A. F. Powell, 
W. J. Stanly, A. PaulEepiton, Calvin Jones, andE. Wooten. 

Committee on Periodicals reported. Eeport received, and 
its appendage ordered. (See Minutes.) 

Called on the committee aj)pointed at last session to visit 
Big Branch church to report, and there being no report regu- 
larly prepared, called on the Moderator (who supplies that 
church) for an explanation of the matter, which was satisfac- 
iory to the body, it was agreed unanimously that the matter 
be dismissed. 

Ordered, that the Clerk collect the Minutes that have not 
heretofore been bound, and have them bound in book form 
by the next session of this body. 

The Clerk is allowed $40 for his services. 

Elder H. Lennon offered the following, which was unani- 
mously adopted : 

Whereas, In our opinion Sabbath Schools are efficient instrumentalities 
in furthering the cause of God, and building up our churches, and where- 
as, we feel sensibly that there does not exist that deep interest among our 
vchurches and brethren which there should in reference to this subject: 
tliereiore, 

Resolved, That we earnestly recommend to pastors and members, to use 



10 

GTery laudable effort to or,eanize a Sabbath School in every church and 
iieiirhborhood, and work dilii,'ently ui this department of God's vineyard. 

Resolved, Also, that we believe it to be the duty of the Sabbath School 
to provide themselves with a pure literature for their Libraries, and we 
therefore recommend that they purchase their books of the Southern Bap- 
tist Sunday School Union, and circulate generally the Sabbath School pa- 
per issued thereb}''. 

Tlie Committee to nominate Messengers to Corresponding 
Associations, reported as follows : 

' Cedar Creek— Wm. S. Melvin, David B. Melvin, Elder E. 
D. Johnson, and William Melvin ; B, Freeman to write the 
letter of correspondence. 

To Union — Elders A. Panl Repiton, H. Lennon, G. W. 
Hill ; H. Lennon to write the letter. 

To Pee Dee — Elder P. C. Connelly, J. B. Thompson, and 
James Hnmphrev ; P. C. Connelly to write the letter. 

To AVelsh Xeck — Daniel Phillips and A. R. Pitman ; bro. 
A. R. Pitman to write the letter. 

Ordered, that the Committee of Finance pay over the 
amonnt sent np by the chnrches for the Minnte fund. 

Gave way for the Domestic Mission Board. 

Elder D. oST. Gore was called on to report. Report receiv- 
ed and ordered to be appended to tlie Minutes. (See Appen- 
dix.) 

Report of Committee to select Missionaries for the coming 
year report as follows : 

The committee to whom was referred this subject, beg leave to say, that 
they have performed that duty ; and say that brother D. N. Gore is the 
only one that can be obtained, and he only after the openins; of spring. 

KOB'T M. McRACKAN. 

Appointed an Executive Committee as follows : Elder H. 
Lennon, F. Lennon, B. Freeman, A. R. Pitman, TV in. T. 
Frink, R. M. McRackan and A. F. Powell. 

Committee of Finance reported. Report received. 

Ordered by the Board, that the amount received for that 
purpose be paid to the Treasurer, and tliat he pay the same 
to those entitled to receive the same. 

The Board then adjourned. 

The Association then resumed business. 

The letter of correspondence to the Cedar Creek Associa- 
tion was read and adopted. 

The officers of this body are constituted an Executive Com- 
mittee, who are to arrange all imfinished business. 

Resolved^ That the thanks of this Association are due' and are hereby 



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tendered to the brethren and friends of this vicinity'-, for the very kind and 
hospitable manner in which we have been entertained. 

After singing our usual parting hymn, and prayer by tlie 
Modei'ator, the session was formally adjourned to time and 
place specified. 

IIAYNES LEXX0:N^ Mod'r. 

B. Freemak, Cleric. 



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REPORT OF ELDER P. C. CONNELLY. 

To THH Domestic Mission Boakd in connection with the 

Cape Feae Baptist Association. 

Dear Brethren : — Li the montli of January, I commenced 
tliG arduous duties assigned me by the Board. I found the 
churches in the most deplorably cold state. To all human 
appearance, there was scarcely one ray of light and warmth 
from the Sun of Righteousness to animate their frozen feeling. 
I was badly and fearfully discouraged. We could do nothing 
but earnestly, ardently, and constantly persevere in supplica- 
ting divine assistance. But thank Grod, after so long a time 
in mercy for our help he appeared. 

I have witnessed the heart-rending groan and the heavy 
sigh of the prostrate mourner, and heard the sound of sweet 
praise from the heart, uttered by sovereign grace. These co- 
pious showers of grace, have been " like the precious oint- 
ment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even 
Aaron's beard ; that .went down to the skirts of his garments, 
as the dew of heaven, and as the dew that descended upon 
the mountains of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the 
blessing, even life for ever more." 

Among those who have joined the church, it has been mj 
privilege to baptize twenty. 

I report, including days allowed for rest and travelling days, 
one hundred and eighty-two (182). 

Received from Mount Pisgah $4 45, Shiloh $10, Col. Eli 
Wishart $1 00, Shady Grove 10, White Oak $5 55, Pleasant 
Plains $5 60. Total $36 00. 

Travelling expenses nothing. 

All of which is rospectfully submitted, 

' P. C. COKNELLY. 



REPORT ON THE BAPTIST STATE CONYENTIOIf . 

The object of the Baptist State Convention is to promote 
the honor of Christ's kingdom by the disseniination of hi» 
gospel. The Convention is a Missionary Society, the creature 



15 

of the cliurclies, and has no life except what the churches 
may impart to it. 

As the various Associations of our State cannot meet the 
necessities of many destitute sections, the home work of our 
Convention is to send the gospel thence through the means 
which the churches send up. 

But another very important object by the founders of the 
Convention, is that the Baptists of l!^orth Carolina flnay be 
united in their aims and pm-poses. In union there is strength. 
Without co-operation, we cannot successfully meet those who 
oppose the doctrines of the New Testament. Therefore, 

Resolved^ That we recommend the adoption of the Board of tl)e Con- 
vention, and that the Clerk of this Association be requested to furnish 
the churches with blanks which may be had of Elder B. F. Marable, Cor- 
responding Secretary of the Board of the Convention. 

EOBT. M. MoRACKAiq". 



REPORT O^ MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Your Committee on Ministerial Education, report that the 
demand of the age, as well as the importance of the work in 
which they are engaged, demand that the ministry should be 
educated, not with that superficial education that is so preva- 
lent in the present day, but with that solid and careful train- 
ing of mind and thought that will prepare them to give close 
application to the study of God's word, and enable them to 
preach effectually and intelligibly that word, and to t^iis end 
we would recommend Wake Forest College to all aspirants to 
tlie ministry who may be able to avail themselves of its ad- 
vantages ; and to those who wish a more thorough course of 
Ministerial Education, we would recommend the Southern 
Baptist Theological Seminary, located at Greenville, S. C. 
Respectfully submitted. 



. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON COLPORTAGE. 

Your Committee on Colportage, report as follows : 

As it regards the circulation of good books, more especial- 
ly denominational works, there is no doubt of its propriety. 

But the question arises, in what way can we the most eeo- 
nomically and most extensively circulate such works ? 

It is evident that the various societies among us professed- 
ly religious, such as Presbyterians, Methodists, &c.j are doing 



16 

all tliey can to put their denominational works into tlie hands 
of every body. And there is no doubt that much of their 
success in propagating error, is to be attributed to that source. 
Li view of facts of this kind, in order to accomplish mucli 
good and counteract error, we recommend that a judicious, 
pious and efficient brother be . appointed to itinerate tlirough 
the entire bounds of our Association. And we recommend 
farther, that every delegate now in attendance, use their in- 
Huence in recommending such brother to the kind considera- 
tion of all the members of our churches, and others with 
whom they may meet. And again, we suggest the propriety 
of our churches sending up help to sustain our Colporteur,. 



EEPORT OF ELDEE D. N". GOER 

Deak Beethrejst : — According to agreement, I commenced 
my labors as an Itinerant in the southern portion of our As- 
sociation, about the sixteenth day of August last, and have 
since that time up to the present devoted all my time to the 
service of the Board, with the exception of my Saturdays and 
Sabbaths, which have been taken up in supplying churches. 

I feel, dear bretliren, that I have great reason for being 
abundantly thankful to our blessed Lord for the apparent 
success of his preached gospel, notwithstanding the coldness 
and great denominational opposition that seemed to abound 
in many instances, in so much that at first I almost desired to 
have been exonerated from the duties before me, yet hardly 
did one single instance occur in which the word preached did 
not have its desired elfect upon the hearts of the hearers. 

I have travelled for the Board fifty-six da,js,, preached nine- 
ty-three sermons, received sixty-five persons, and baptized 
forty-six. My travelling expenses have been but $1 80. 

And now in conclusion, dear brethren, permit me to tender 
my sincere thanks to the Board for the confidence reposed in 
me, and to all the kind brethren with whom I have worship- 
ped. May the blessings of heaven rest on us all, and may the 
softening dews of heavenly grace new life to all impart, is the 
prayer of your servant. Amen. 
Eespectfully submitted, 

D. N. GOEE. 



17 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORDmATIOXS. 

Your committee to examine candidates for ordination, havef 
liad before tkem brothers Alfred R. Pitman, and Norman 
Martin, and after an examination of them on christian expe- 
rience, and call to the ministry, together with their views of 
the doctrines of the Bible, have concluded to recommend the 
ordination of Bro. Pitman ; while, for prudential motives, we 
would suggest that Bro. Martin continue, as heretofore, to 
exercise his gifts as a licentiate. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. PAUL REPITON, 
T. E. SKINNER, y Com. 

• J.J.JAMES, 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

The increased production of periodical literatuTe seems ta 
be in advance of the demand. While it is a fixed fact that 
this is one of the most efiicient means of disseminating knowl- 
edge among the masses, and this kind of information is most 
generally accessible, yet it is all-important that we see to the 
character of those papers we place before our families, and 
for the perusal of others. If we believe that we, as a denom- 
ination, have the truth as it was delivered to inspired writers, 
we should see that that truth is set forth in the most forcible 
and commanding manner possible. To do this, we ought ta 
have competent Editors and ample sheets. ; and then give a 
liberal support and support to such Editors and periodicals^ 
While your committee would encourage our membership to 
take as many papers as they can well afford, and read and di- 
gest profitably yet we would suggest that said patronage 
should be ^Yen first to Baptist literature, and chiefly to our 
own denominational and State organ. And in this connex-- 
ion, we would suggest that the members of our [churches 
ought, in justice to themselves and their families, more gene- 
rally than they do, to subscribe for the "Biblical Recorder," 
published in Raleigh at $2 per year in advance. Next to 
our State paper, we would call attention to the " Tennessee 
Baptist," published in Nashville, Tenn., at the same price. 

If we desire more extensive information on the subject of, 
Missions, we should take the " Home and Foreign Journal" 



18 

and " Commission" published in Richmond, Ya., one at 25 
cents, the other at $1 a year in advance. Another periodi- 
cal of interest we would call attention to is, the " Southern 
Baptist Eeview" also published in IS'ashville, Tenn., at $2 a 
year in advance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. PAUL REPITOK, Chairman. 



19 

A DIGEST OF THE STATE OF RELIGION IN THE 

ASSOCIATION, AS INDICATED BY THE 

CHURCH LETTERS. 

Antioch — Nothing very interesting, are at peace among 
themselves, have :a Bible class and regular monthly preach 
ing. Elder H. Lennon is Supply. 

Ashpole— Has been under the necessity of enforcing dis- 
(Cipline in the exclusion of several of their number, had sev- 
eral added by baptism, and are looking forward to a more 
prosperous time. Elder William Ayres is Pastor. 

Back Swamp — Is in peace and harmony, but have had to 
exercise discipline on some, have regular monthly preaching 
.attended by large and attentive congregations on Sabbath. 
Elder P. C. Connelly is Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, (Columbus) — Peace and union abounds. El- 
der Z. Bullock is Supply. 

Beaver Dam, (Bladen) — In peace with each other, com- 
plains of a long wintry season, but are looking forward to a 
brighter day. Have to mourn the loss by death of several of 
their useful and efficient members. Elder H. McAlpin is 
Supply. 

Bear Swamp — Is rejoicing in the return of many to the 
fold of the blessed Redeemer. Are at peace, and have the 
labors of Elders Wm. Ayres and Noel Bullock. 

Bethel — Complains of coldness, and asks the prayers of the 
Association for a revival. Laments the death of one ^of the 
deacons. Elder D. B. Ayres is Supply. 

Big Branch — Has nothing cheering, is in rather a cold 
state, but is looking forward to better times, has a Bible 
class. Elder H. Lennon is Supply. 

Brier Branch — Has had difficulties to contend with. Eld. 
James Cashwell is Supply. 

Cheerful Hope — Nothing special. Elder G. W. Lennon is 
Pastor. 

Cherry Grove — In peace and brotherly love. Elder Zadoc 
Bullock is Supply. 

Cross Roads — Cammunicates nothing of a very interesting 
nature, only that peace and harmony abound. Has a Bible 
class, and monthly prayer meetings. Elder H. Lennon is 
Supply. 

Friendship— Speaks of having the word faithfully preach- 
ed. Yet complains of lukewarmness. Elder D. B. Ayres is 
Supply. 



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Hickory Grove — Does iiot give the cheering reports ot 
large additions as heretofore, l^ut are in peace and love. Eh 
der F, Prevatt is Supply. 

Honey Camp — Enjoys the nnity of the Spirit in the bonds 
of peace. Considerable addition the past year by baptism. 
Elder Z. Bullock is Supply. 

Iron Hill Cross Roads — At peace one with another. Eld- 
er D. X. Gore is supply. 

Lebanon — Is in peace and in the enjoyment of good diecip- 
line. Elder Jesse Rogers has been Supply the past year. 

Liimberton — ISTothing special. Elder H. Lennon is Sup- 
ply. 

Macedonia — In a healthy conditioB. Elder Z. Bullock is 
Supply. 

Mount Eliam — H^s enjoyed a gracious outpouring of the 
Spirit. A considerable number added to the«iiurcli. Elder 
Isham Stone is Pastor.. 

Mount Pisgah — Has enjoyed some happy meetings. Has 
a semi-monthly prayer meeting. Elder John fiarrelson is 
Pastor. 

Mount Sinai — Are at peace, and have the unity of the 
Spirit Elder D. J. Ray is Supply. 

Mount Tabor — Union and brotherly love pervade this 
bod J- Are without Pastor or Supply. 

Mouaat JZion- — Peace and harmony prevail. Have regular 
preacliing, also regular prayer meetings. Elder F. Prevatt 
is Supply, 

New Britain-— 1^0 thing special. Elder J, Bennett is Pas" 
tor. 

Orange Street — Complains of a want of spirituality and 
christian zeal. Elder A. Paul Repiton is now Pastor. 

Paradise — Nothing special. Elder D. J Bay has been the 
Supply the past year. 

Piney Grove (Marion) — Is rejoicing in a special outpour- 
ingof the Spirit. 59 have been added by baptism. Elder 
Z. Bullock is Supply. 

Piney Grove (All Saints) — Newly constituted. Without 
Pastor or Supply. 

Pleasant Grove — Exhibits quite a pleasing state of things. 
Elder E. D. Johnson is Suj)ply. 

Pleasant Hill — Has enjoyed a refreshing season. Is at 

jpeace, and union abounds. Elder "William Ayres is Supply. 

Pleasant Phiin? — Has had the word faithfully preached. 



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and eiijoyecl some iiitcieBtiiig meetings. Elder G. W. Hill 

is Pastor. 

Porter Swamp — Kotliiug special. Complains of ratlier a 

■cold state of things. Elder G. W. Hill is Supply. 

Raft Swamp — Nothing special or interesting. Elder E. 

D. Johnson is Pastor- 
Seven Creeks — Is rejoicing, because " the Lord has done 

^reat things for us wkereof we are glad." Elder Joel Ben- 
nett is Supply. 

Shady Grove — Peace and love abound. Elder Isham 

Stone-is Supply. 

Shiloh — Kather stationary. Elder W. B. Bullard is Sup- 

Spring Branch — " Spring time has come." The Lord has 
revived his w^ork. Peace and love abound. Elders Noel 
Bullock and Wm. Ayres have been the Supply the past year. 

Spring Field — ^^Is tiiankful to God for the prospect before 
them. Elder Watliam Ayres is Supply. 

Union — Has adifhculty Avith Beulah church. Elder D. B. 
Ayres is Pastor. 

United Churches — Complains of a long wintry season. — 
Elder Zadoc Bullock is Supply. 

White Lake — No change. Elder F. Prevatt is Supply. 

White Marsli — Nothing interesting. Elder D. N. Gore is 
Supi^ly, 

Western Prong — Nothing important. Elder G. W. Hill 
is Supply. 

White Oak — Has a Sabbath School — Bible class and reg 
jilar prayer meetings. Elder W. B. Bullard is Supply. 



KEPOliT OP COMMITTEE OF FINANCE. 

The Committee of Finaace report the amount sent up by 
the churches for the Association fund, $85 00 

Kespectfullj submitted. 



EFFORT OF THE COMMiriEE OF FINANCE FOR 
THE DOMESTIC MISSION BOARD OF THE CAPE 
FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

The amoimt sent up by churches and indi^■iduals is, $331 10 
Sabbath collection, 32 95 



$364 05 
Respectfully submitted, 

G. W. HILL, Chairman. 



REPORT OF TREASURER OF THE CAPE FEAR BAP- 
TIST ASSOCIATION. 

Benjamix Fkeeman, Treasurer. Dr. 

Oct. ISGO. To amount received from Committee of Fi- 
nance, as per report, $85 00 

CONTEA. 

1860. Paid Messrs. James Sz Walthall balance 

for printing Minutes for 1859, $10 00 

" same for printing- these Minutes, 60 00 

Due Clerk from last year, ' ? 00 

" " for present year, 40 00 



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REPORT OF TREASURER OF DOMESTIC MISSIOX 
BOARD m COI^NECTIOX WITH THE CAPE, FEAR 
BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

1S60, Benjamin" Fkeeman, Treasurer. Dr. 

Oct. To balance in hands of Treasurer, $ 30 27 

" amount sent up by the churches and indi- 
viduals, 331 10 
" ara't accounted for hj Eld. P. C. ComieEy, 36 00 
" am't of Sabbath collection, 32 95 



$4:30 32 
Contra. 

Oet. 1860. By am't paid Eld. Jesse Rogers, $ 80 00 
" amount paid Elder P. C. 

Connelly, 273 00 

" am't paid. Eld. D. N. Gore, 7T 32 



$430 32 



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LIST OF ORDATXED MIXISTEES' XAMES. 



NAPLES. 

Ayres, William 
Ayres, D. B. 
Bennett, Joel 
Billiard, W. B. 
Bullock, Z. 
Bnllock, Xoel 
Connelly, P. C. 
Dusenbury, Samuel 
Hill, G. W. 
Gore, D. X. 
Hairelson, John 
Johnson, E. D. 
Lennon, G. W. 
Lennon, Hayncs 
Xoble, A. M. 
Prevatt, Fumev 
Ray, D. J. 
Repiton, A. Paul 
Store, Isham 
Sessom, R. M. 



POST OFFICES. 

Floj^dsville, Marion District, S. C, 
Little River, Horry District, " 
Beach's P. O., Columbus co., X. C. 
Leesville, Robeson- county. 
Fair Bluff, Columbus county, 
Floydsville, Marioai District, S. C. 
Mohtpelier, Richmond county, X. C. 
Bucksville, Hony District, S. C. 
Pleasant Plains, Columbus co., X. C. 
AV'hiteville, 



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Lumberton, Robeson^ 
Robeson's P. O., Brunswick co., 
Big Swamp, Robeson county, 
Cerro Gordo, Columbus county, 
Lumberton, Robeson county, 
"Whiteville, Columbus county, 
"Wilmington, Xew Honover co., 
Lumberton, Robeson county, 
Bryan Swamp, Bladen county, 



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LICEXTIATE MIXISTERS' XAMES AXD ADDRESS. 

Lennon, J. P. Byrdsville, Brunswick county, X. C. 

Martin, Xorman ~ — ~ - 

Martin, M. R, 

Pitman, A. R, 

Phillips, Daniel 

Smith, Ezekiel 



Blanton X Roads, Horry Dist., S. C. 
Leesville, Robeson county, X. C. 



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MINUTES 



OP THE 



FIFTY-SEVENTH SESSION 



OP THE 



CAPE FEAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATIOM. 



HELD WITH 



THE CHURCH AT ANTIOCH. 



ROBESON COUXTY, NORTH CAROlINi, 



October 25, 26, 27 and 28, 



1861. 



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MINUTES 



FRIDAY, October 25, 1861. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered, according to appointment, 
by Elder Furney Prevatt, from Jotn, 14th ch. and 37th verse: ''Peace 
I leave with you; my peace I give unto you," &c. 

After an intermission of twenty minutes, the Association was called 
to order by the Moderator. The names of the Churches were called, 
and there being a majority present, the Moderator read appropriate por- 
tions of Scripture, and after singing a Hymn, the Divine direction was 
invoked by Elder G. W. Hill. 

Appointed Brethren F. Lennon, Ewen Johnson and John Monroe a 
Committee of Finance. 

On motion, the Church Letters were called for and read. 

After the reading of Letters, and recording the names of Delegates, 
proceeded to the election of Officers, when Elder Haynes Lennon was 
elected Moderator, and B. Freeman Clerk and Treasurer, and Brother 
David Cashwell Assistant Clerk. 

An invitation was then extended to sister Associations and visiting 
Brethren; when Elder H. McAlpin, from the Union, came forward with 
3 package of Minutes from that body. Elder C. T. Anderson of South 
Carolina also came forward and took a seat with us. 

Elder H. Lennon offered the following resolution, which was unani- 
mously adopted: 

Whereas, our beloved country is now in arms in defence of our homes 
■and families: 

Therefore Resolved, in solemn Council, that we humble ourselves, 
and supplicate the Divine direction, during this session of the Associa- 
tion. 

After the adoption of the foregoing resolution. Elder H. McAlpin of- 
fered prayer. 

Appointed B. Freeman, John Monroe, Rowland Mercer, EliWishart 
and John Israel a committee to supply the Stage during the session of 
the Association. 

Brethren Eli Wishart, Calvin Flowers, A. Gr. Meares, H. J. Lee, and 
J. W. Branch Were appointed a Committee of Vigilance. 

Appointed a Committee to select Messengers to corresponding Asso- 
dations, as follows, to wit: Elder Gr. W. Hill, and brethren A. F. Powell 
and Joseph Thompson. 

Committee to examine Ministers preparatory to ordination: Elders P. 
€. Connelly, W. B. Bullard, F. Prevatt, William Ayres, G. W. Hill; 
and, on motion, the Moderator was added. 

Appointed a Committee to prepare a digest of the state of religion in 
this Association, as indicated by the Church letters, to wit: D. Cashwell, 
X Gr. Powell and Amos High. 

Committee of Arrangements: the officers of this body. 



Committee on Ministerial Education: Elders Gr. W. Hill, and P. C. 
Connelly and Bro. D. Cashwell. 

Adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. 
• Prayer by Elder Anderson. 

SATURDAY, October 26. 

Met according to adjournment. After reading appropriate portions 
of Scripture and the singing of a hymn, prayer was offered by Elder 
W. B. Bullard. 

An invitation was then extended to corresponding Messengers and 
visiting Brethren to seats with us, when Brethren Daniel Monroe, Ro- 
bert Monroe and J. McLean, with package of Minutes and letter of cor- 
respondence from Pee Dee Association, came forward and took seats 
with us. Also Elder J. H. Cobb and Brethren Noah Mercer, and Jas. 
A. Rozier from the Cedar Creek Association. 

Called on the Committee appointed at the last session of this body. 
to visit the Beulah and Union Churches, to inquire into and if possible 
settle a matter of grievance by the latter against the former, to report, 
when Elder P. C. Connelly made verbal report to the effect that nothing 
bad been done. Other Brethren made similar statements. It was then 
agreed to raise a Committee to visit those Churches, whose duty it shall 
be to investigate the matter and use their best endeavors to effect a re- 
conciliation of the difficulty, and report to the next session of this body. 
The Committee appointed are. Elders P. C. Connelly, Gr. W. Lennon, 
D. J. Ray, G-. W. Hill, and F. Prevatt — three of whom shall form a 
quorum. 

The Moderator was continued a Committee to lay before the Board of 
Trustees of Wake Forest College the subject of Scholarship of this body. 

Elder H. Lennon, to whom was referred the business of Colportage 
in the bounds of this Association, made report that he had received for 
that object, from Churches and individuals, the sum of one hundred and 
twelve dollars and seventy cents, (SH2 70,) as follows: 



Elder W. B. Bullard, S3 00 

W. S. Melvin, 5 00 

Raft Swamp Church, 5 00 

Antioch, 5 00 

Big Branch, 5 00 

Ashpole, 6 00 

Cross Roads, 6 00 

Lumberton, 11 70 

Porter Swamp, 10 00 

Hickory Grove, 10 00 

Elder Isham Stone, 2 00 
Rec'ts at last Association, 44: 00 



Still due as follows: 



Western Prong, 


S20 00 


Shiloh, 


6 00 


Spring Branch, 


10 00 


Elder A. Paul Repiton, 


10 00 


W. S. Melvin, 


1 00 


Alva Sellers, 


1 00 


Elder G. W. Hill, 


1 00 


B. S. Jones, 


1 00 


R. M. McRaekan, 


25 00 



874 00 



S112 70 

Elder Haynes Lennon was continued Greneral Superintendent of Col- 
portai^e in this Association. 

Elders William Ayers and Noah Bulloch were appointed a Committee 
to visit the following Churches, viz: 31ill Creek, Shallote, Bryan's Cha- 
pel, Salem, and as many others in the Southern portion of this body as 
tbey can make convenient to visit, and ascertain the cause of their not 



being represented in this and prior meetings, and report to the next 
meeting of this Association. 

On motion, agreed to raise a Committee to visit the Church at West- 
ern Prong, to settle if possible a difSculty existing between parties con- 
nected with said Church; when Elder W. B. Bullard and Brethren B. 
Freeman and Bright Williams were appointed. 

Agreeably to the resolution passed on yesterday, at 1 o'clock Prayer 
was offered by Elder P. C. Connelly, in behalf of the Country. 

Elder Elias Davis, from the Cedar Creek Association, was invited to 
a seat with us. 

The next session of this body to be held with the Church at Pleasant 
Grrove, Robeson county, Friday before the 4th Lord's Day in October 
1862. Services to commence at lOJ o'clock A. M. Elder Wm. Avers 
to preach the Introductory; Elder Haynes Lennon Alternate. 

Elder Haynes Lennon is appointed to preach the Missionary Sermon 
at 12 o'clock on Sabbath; Elder P. C Connelly Alternate. 

Brother D. W. McGrougan, from Cedar Creek, was invited to a seat 
with us. 

On motion of Elder P. C. Connelly, Thursday before 4th Lord's Day 
in October nest is set apart as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, 
for the prosperity of the Redeemer's cause, especially throughout the 
bounds of this Association, aad the spread of His cause generally. 

On motion of Elder F. Prevatt, Thursday before the 4th Lord's Day 
in December nest to be observed as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and 
Prayer, in behalf of this Confederacy. 

Took a recess for 20 minutes. 

R,e-assembled. Prayer by Elder P. Prevatt. 

Gave way for a session of the Domestic Mission Board. 



Elder Haynes Lennon was re-elected President, and B. Freeman Sec- 
retary and Treasurer. 

Brethren J. Gr. Powell, W. S. Melvin and A. H. Harrelson were ap- 
pointed a Committee of Finance. 

. The following Churches and individuals paid in the respective amounts 
as exhibited below, viz: 



Antioch, 


$11 80 


White Oak, 


85 00 


Big Branch, 


5 00 


Bear Swamp, 


3 50 


Cross Eoads, 


5 00 


Spring Field, 


150 


Orange Street, 


15 00 


A. F. Powell, 


5 00 


Back Swamp, 


3 60 


N. Martin, 


100 


Pleasant Plains, 


5 00 


A. Powell, 


2 00 


Pleasant Hill, 


2 60 


J. G. Powell, 


3 00 


Cheerful Hope, 


2 50 


Calvin Jones, 


3 00 


Piney Grove, 


2 50 








Spring Branch, 


5 00 


Total, 


S87 00 


Western Prong, 


5 00 







On motion, the Committee were ordered to pay the amount over to 
the Treasurer. 

On motion, Brethren John Monroe, J. W. Smith and Francis Len- 
non were appointed a Committee to secure the services of a Missionary 
or Missionaries to preach in the bounds of this Association the coming 
jear. 



The Association then went into session. 

Called on the Committee to prepare a digest of the State of Religion 
to report. Report received and the Committee discharged. For Report 
sed Appendix. 

Elder John R. Kelly was appointed to preach at 10 o'clock A. M. oa 
Sabbath, and to choose his own subject. 

Adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock on Monday morning. 

Prayer by Elder Noel Bullock. 

SABBATH, October 2T. 

At 10 o'clock A. M. the Con|,regation assembled at the Stage and 
were entertained by a Discourse delivered by Elder John R. Kelly, 
founded on the 7th and 8th verses of the 5th chapter of Romans: "For 
scarcely for a righteous man will one die/' &c. 
^ Elder Elias Dodson having arrived before the services commenced, 
(at the request of Elder P. C. Connelly, who had been appointed at the 
last session of this body to preach,) at 12 o'clock M. delivered a Dis- 
course on the subject of Missions, from the 24th chapter of Proverbs, 
11th and 12th verses; "If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn 
unto death," &e. After which a collection was taken up amounting to 
$20 25. 

Elder Hugh McAlpin then preached from the 16th chapter of Mat- 
thew and 15th verse: "He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?" 

We are happy to have it in our power to say, that these Discourses 
"were listened to with the most profound attention, and that the best of 
order pervaded the Congregation throughout the day. 

MONDAY MORNING, October 28. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Prayer by Elder A. R. Pitman. 

After calling the names of the Churches and correcting the Minutes, 
proceeded to business 

Called on the Committee of Arrangements to report. Report received. 

Extended an invitation to Brethren from other bodies to take seats 
with us, when Elder Elias Dodson, Irom the Beulah Association, pre- 
sented himself and was cordially received. 

Called on the Committees appointed to write on the various topics 
connected with this body to report. •" 

r Elder P. C. Connelly offered a resolution in behalf of the "Biblical 
Recorder," which elicited stirring appeals to the body from Elders Dod- 
son, McAlpin and others, to sustain the Recorder. 
For resolution see Appendix. 

On motion of Brother Ewen Johnson, a call was made for subscribers 
to the Recorder to be sent to our soldiers, when the following Brethren 
came forward and subscribed as follows: 

Elder Havnes Lennon, for A. H. Watson, Smithville, $2. 
Bro. J. G'. Powell, for Fair Bluff Volunteers, " ^1. 
Bro. Ewen Johnson, $1. 

Report on Ministerial Education read and received, and the Commit- 
tee discharged. See Appendix- 



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Committee of Finance reported as follows: 

The amount sent up by the Churches, $59 28 

Sabbath Collection, 20 25 

Total, $79 53 

Agreed to have 2000 copies of these Minutes printed and distributed 
in the usual way. 

The Clerk to have $15 for his services. 

The amount sent up by the Churches being insufficient to pay expen- 
ses incident to printing Minutes, &c., a call was made on the body in 
aid of that object, when the Brethren following paid in the respective 
amounts annexed to their names, to-wit: 



der Furney Prevatt 


$1 00 


Bro. Francis Lennon $1 00 


" P. C. Connelly 


1 00 


" E. Johnson 1 00 


" Haynes Lennon 


1 00 


" J. W. Smith 1 00 


" G. W. Hill 


50 


" John Israel • 25 


« Noel Bullock 


50 


" Daniel Coleman 25 


Called on the Committee to s^lec 


t Messengers to sister Associations 



to report. Report received and the Committee discharged. [See Ap- 
pendix.] 

Gave way for the Domestic Mission Board. 

Called on the Committee to procure the services of Missionaries to 
report. Report received and the Committee discharged. [See Ap- 
pendix.] 

On motion, agreed to raise an Executive Committee, which is as fol- 
lows, to-wit: Elder Haynes Lennon, B. Freeman, Francis Lennon, Elder 
A. R. Pitman and Ewen Johnson. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer pay to Elder G. W. Hill all former 
dues for services rendered the Board. 

All unfinished business is referred to the Executive Committee. 

The Board then adjourned to time and place of the next Meeting of 
the Association. 

The Association then went into Session. 

The subject of a Hymn Book was discussed, and finally agreed, that 
it should be referred to the Churches composing this body, to decide 
what Book they will adopt. 

Appointed Elder Haynes Lennon, B. Freeman and F. Lennon an Ex- 
ecutive Committee for this body, whose duty it shall be to bring up all 
unfinished matter pertaining to the same. 

OBITUARY. 

Elder Samuel Dusenberry was born in the State of New York, Au- 
gust 11th, ] 792, and was during his minority an assistant Apothecary. 
On arriving at maturity he entered the service of the United States as 
Surgeon in the Navy, in the War of Seamen's Rights. Shortly after- 
wards he came to Charleston, S. C, in connection with a prize taken 
from Great Britain. Subsequently he came to North Carolina, Colum- 
bus county, located and married a Miss 'Lay^ He connected himself 
with the Episcopal Methodist denomination, and was an active laboring 
Class-Leader and Exhorter for several years. With them he contracted 



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a peculiar affectation in articulation which he never lost. Like most 
others who examine Pedoism, found himself wandering, and, upon a 
careful perusal of the Bible, embraced individual faith in Christ and 
personal subjection to the ordinances of God's House, and was baptized 
by Elder Solomon Reeves into the fellowship of the Church at Seven 
Creeks. He was immediately licensed to preach the Gospel of the Son 
of God, which he did with zeal and in good faith. About the year 1840 
he was received by letter at the Church at Bear Swamp, Marion Dis- 
trict, S. C, and in January 1843 was regularly ordained to the Gospel 
Ministry by Elders William Ayres and John F. McCall. He labored 
gratuitously for the Churches around him, but would never assume the 
Pastoral charge of any. Truly it may be said of this man, that he walk- 
ed with God, and enjoyed that fellowship with Jesus Christ that distin- 
guishes his earnest followers from formalists. His daily study was the 
Bible, and for thirty years he made it a point to read the whole volume 
throi^li annually. He was mild, humble and forgiving, and withal al- 
ways gave liberally to the cause of Christ. On the lOth day of August 
1861 he closed his earthly course, looking forward to a crown of right- 
eousness reserved for him in Heaven. The Cape Fear Baptist Associa- 
tion, in the death of this amiable Brother, has lost one of its most ardent 
friends, and the Church at Bear Swamp one of its members whose ex- 
emplary character cannot be excelled. 

Resolved, that the thanks of this Association are due, and hereby ten- 
dered, to the Brethren and friends of this vicinity, for the very kind 
and hospitable manner in which we have been entertained. 

The Association, with the Congregation, then assembled at the Stage, 
and after singing our usual parting Hymn, Prayer was offered by the 
Moderator, and the session was formally adjourned to time and place 
specified. HAYNES LENNON, Moderator. 

B. FREEMAN, Clerk. 



^PI^ENDIX. 



RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF BIBLICAL RECORDER. 

Resolved, That we, in view of the pre-eminent qualifications of the 
Editor of the Biblical Recorder, and the almost indispensable necessity 
of the circulation of such a paper among us, recommend that the above- 
named periodical be patronized throughout the length and breadth of 
our Association. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

As the Christian Ministry is the highest and most responsible calling 
on earth, and the work to be performed the most important, it necessa- 
rily requires qualifications of the first order. 

That education is to supercede the necessity of a change of heart, or 
a divine call, or that none should enter the Ministry but those who have 



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had the advantage of a preparatory training, will not be admitted or in- 
sisted upon. 

That the Lord has committed the preaching of the Gospel to human 
instrumentality, ai^d that, in the accomplishment of His purposes, He 
usually works through the agency of means, is evident. As a conse- 
quence, we may naturally expect more will be accomplished by a man 
of cultivated mind, other things being equal, than by one whose quali- 
fications are of an inferior grade. 

That many zealous, energetic and self-sacrificing Ministers have suc- 
ceeded wonderfully and done nobly, with a very limited education, is 
readily admitted; but the question naturally arises, that with a liberal 
education what might they not have accomplished? What mortifica- 
tions they might have escaped, or difficulties made lighter, we cannot 
conjecture. As education and intelligence are rapidly advancing, the 
times demand a corresponding increase in Ministerial education; hence 
we need not expect Ministers of the same grade of learning to accom- 
plish the same in the present or succeeding age that they did in the past. 

We therefore request our young Brethren, who have the Ministry in 
view, to avail themselves ot all the means in their power to obtain a 
liberal education; at least, a thorough acquaintance with the common 
English branches. And to those already in the Ministry, whose ad- 
vantages for cultivating their minds have been limited, and whose age 
or condition in life will possibly admit of it, we would urge the necessity 
of further improvement. The lawyer or physician cannot lay aside his 
studies as soon as his license or diploma is obtained, if he expects to 
command an extensive practice or succeed well in his profession. 

Application is just as necessary in the Ministerial as in the legal or 
medical profession, if you would be a "workman approved," who '"'need 
not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." If you wish to 
maintain your position and usefulness, and the respect of the younger 
part of your congregation, apply yourself assiduously to study. It is 
true, ihe time you can devote to this purpose may be small, and yoa 
may find a great many difficulties in the way; but have method in all 
your arrangements, keep a steady course in view, never lose sight of it, 
let your motto be onward and upward, if your progress is ever so slow. 
A little better acquaintance with the rules of grammar, and improvement 
in your pronunciation, and the avoidance of some familiar and uncouth 
expressions, will soon make a decided improvement in your abilities as 
a minister. While you are learning to arrange your sentences with ac- 
curacy and order, you will a}|p be learning to think with accuracy and 
order. 

In order to keep the mind strong and vigorous, it must be kept in 
continual exercise. Eust consumes faster than labor wears, and the key 
that is often used is always bright. But literary acquirements, desira- 
ble and necessary as they are, should not be our only object: — the heart 
must be educated, and we should labor for the development of all those 
christian graces which beautify and adorn the Ministerial profession. 
We should continually sit at the feet of Jesus, and daily learn in the 
school of Christ the lessons of patience, humility and perseverence. 
Study Grod's Word, live at a throne of grace, seek more of the mind and 
spirit ot Christ, prove faithful unto death, and receive the unfading 
crown of eternal life. Respectfully submitted. 

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The Committee to select Messengers to Corresponding Associations 
make the following Report: 

To Cedar Creek — Elders Haynes Lennon, W. B. Bullard, P. C. Con- 
nelly, E. D. Johnson, and Brethren B. Freeman, Warren Williams. 
Francis Lennon to write the Letter. 

To Pedee — Elders F. Prevatt and A. R. Pitman, and Brethren Jo- 
seph Thompson and Giles Williams. T. A. Norment to prepare the 
Letter. 

To Union— Elder A. Paul Repiton, Brethren Wm. S. Melvin, A. F. 
Powell and John Monroe. A. Paul Repiton to prepare the Letter. 

Respectfully submitted. 

a. W. HILL, Ch'n. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON THE EXAMINATION OF CAN- 
DIDATES FOR ORDINATION. 

The Committee to whom was referred the business of examining 
Brethren for the Ministry, report as follows: We are well pleased with 
the Christian experience and disposition of our Brethren who came be- 
fore us, but, under existing circumstances, recommend the postpone- 
ment of their Ordination for the present. 

P. C. CONNELLY, Ch'n. 

The Committee to select Missionaries for the ensuing year report as 
follows: The Committee to whom was referred this subject beg leave to 
say, that they have performed that duty, and say that the services of 
Elders William Ayres and P. C. Connelly can be obtained during apart 
of the ensuing year. 

JOHN MONROE, Ch'n. 

REPORT OF ELDER D. N. GORE. 
Dear Brethren: Pursuant to agreement, I commenced labors as 
your Itinerant about the twelfth day of February last, and according to 
the best advantage bestowed my labors equally among the destitute 
Churches in the Southern portion of the Association. I found things, 
as regards discipline, &c., much as when I left them in the Fall; but 
owing to the excitement caused by the great and sudden change in po- 
litical affairs, I deemed it unnecessary to proceed any further, suppos- 
ing that Pastors of Churches, with local Preachers, would be about all 
that the circumstances could justify in laboring. I travelled eighteen 
days, preached twenty-one sermons, and received on Christian experi- 
ence seven persons. Travelling expenses none. 

Respectfully submitted. 

D. N. GORE, Missionary. 

A DIGEST OF THE STATE OF THE CHURCHES, 

AS INDICATED BY THEIR LETTERS. 

Antioch. — This Church has enjoyed precious seasons of Divine grace; 
sinners have been brought into the fold of Christ, and are rejoicing in 
redeeming mercy. They have a flourishing Bible Class, and large, at- 
tentive congregations. Elder H. Lennon, Pastor. 

Beaver Dam, Columbus Co. — Has nothing of interest to report, ex- 
cept that good order and brotherly affection abound. Elder D. J. Raj, 
Pastor. 



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Back Swamp — We have cheering intellig